For many companies, intellectual property is their greatest asset — sometimes the cornerstone of a brand’s goodwill, sometimes the technical specifications that comprise a product’s competitive advantage. At Bell Nunnally, we work closely with clients to help them identify, realize, monetize and protect these valuable resources through informed counseling and strategic enforcement and litigation.
Working closely with companies to protect their intellectual property (IP), whether it takes the form of patents, trademarks, copyrights or trade secrets, our attorneys prosecute IP applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as well as other domestic and foreign registries, including the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). In matters ranging from securing a trade name and logo to helping a company manage a global portfolio, we have worked with all sizes of companies across a multitude of industries helping to protect technologies that include telecommunications, computer hardware, software, manufacturing, electronics, e-commerce, trade secrets and medical devices.
Bell Nunnally’s experienced intellectual property transactional attorneys ably help clients safeguard their intellectual assets and rights of fair competition, frequently drafting and enforcing agreements designed to secure their intellectual capital, such as joint development, co-existence, outsourcing, licensing, technology transfer, employment, confidentiality, trade secrets and nonsolicitation agreements, as well as covenants not to compete. We frequently assist clients with IP issues in the context of commercial contracts, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and financing transactions.
In addition, our attorneys are involved in protecting client brands through policing efforts, not only through demand letters to brick-and-mortar infringers, but also in cyberspace, including stopping internet scams and frauds, terminating unauthorized online auctions, counseling on First Amendment and fair use issues, and participating in domain name proceedings against cybersquatters pursuant to the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) adopted by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Our attorneys are also well versed in counseling on licensing and franchising issues.