SOUTH BAY INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAWYER
At Vegh IP, we are a legal incubator that seeks to transform the creativity and invention of our clients into valuable intellectual property assets.
In today’s invention and innovation-based global economy, patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets can be essential assets for a business. In many instances, the value of intellectual property defines the commercial success or failure of an enterprise. Recognizing this value, most businesses both big and small have invested some time, capital, and other resources developing and securing intellectual property rights. The tangible return to a business on their investment may be the grant of a legal monopoly to decide how and when their intellectual property should be made, used, exploited, or licensed in the marketplace, and in some instances the ability to sue infringers. The invention and creativity underlying this intellectual property right is what gives a business its competitive edge.
For these reasons, your business cannot afford to ignore its IP portfolio. It is critical that every business secure its inventions, goodwill and brands, and creative works with the assistance of IP counsel with experience representing clients before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Copyright Office.
A patent owner has the exclusive right to determine who may make, use, offer for sale, sell, and/or import in the United States the invention disclosed by the claims set forth in the patent. Depending on the utility or design feature described in a patent, the owner may have a significant competitive advantage in the marketplace by the offering a product or service incorporating the invention. If sufficiently valuable, royalty-based licenses may be granted to competitors for use of the patented technology in their products or services, thereby generating an alternative revenue source.
Vegh IP prosecutes through allowance patent applications before the Patent Office. We can also provide patentability searches and opinions as well as ‘freedom to operate’ opinions concerning a client’s potential patent rights.
A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol or design, or combination of words, phrases, symbols or designs, which identifies the source of the goods or services of the trademark owner and distinguishes them from other sources. Trademark rights may arise from either the actual use of the mark or the filing of an application for a trademark registration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The federal registration of a trademark gives constructive notice nationwide of the owner’s rights in the trademark registration, evidence of its ownership, jurisdiction to enforce trademark rights in the federal courts, and the ability to obtain foreign trademark registrations based on federal trademark rights.
Vegh IP prosecutes through registration trademark applications before the Trademark Office. We can also provide trademark due diligence searches, clearances, and monitoring services.
A copyright owner has the exclusive right to determine who may copy, prepare derivative works, publicly distribute, publicly perform or display an “original work of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression”. This includes literary, musical, graphic, software, sculptural, film, and architectural works, amongst others.
Vegh IP prosecutes through registration copyright applications before the United States Copyright Office.
TRADE SECRET ATTORNEY
A trade secret is information such as a formula, pattern, compilation (e.g. customer lists, business relationship), programs (e.g. software or source code), device, method, technique (e.g. marketing plan), or process, that derives economic value from not being generally known to the public and is the subject of reasonable efforts to maintain its secrecy.
Vegh IP helps clients evaluate whether their intellectual property qualifies for trade secret protection and recommends reasonable measures that should be taken in order to maintain their confidentiality.
Vegh IP drafts business agreements such as royalty-based licenses and technology transfer agreements, assignments, as well as confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements to manage a client’s intellectual property assets.