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Patents

Hovey Williams practices Patent Law

As an inventor or innovator, you’ve invested substantial time and resources in designing, researching and developing your new product or application. Without patent protection, though, your invention is at risk of being copied — or even patented — by a competitor.

At Hovey Williams, we help you obtain and maintain all types of patents. We work with you to determine patent validity, while avoiding threats of infringement, to ensure that your rights are fully protected.


 The list below encompasses some of our industry patent experience.

  • Agriculture and agribusiness products
  • Alternative energy
  • Animal health
  • Aviation
  • Biotechnology
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomedical devices
  • Chemical engineering
  • Consumer products
  • Electrical engineering
  • Food science
  • Hydrocarbon processing
  • Industrial safety
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Nanomaterials
  • Optics
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Polymer chemistry
  • Printing
  • Software

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Trademarks

Hovey Williams practices Trademark Law

Hovey Williams is one of the nation’s leading firms in the field of trademark law.  Our firm has been consistently listed among the top firms by independent publishers in the field of intellectual property.   Managing IP has bestowed Hovey Williams with the highest ranking as “highly recommended.”  For at least three consecutive years, our trademark practice has been ranked in the top 25 firms by Intellectual Property Today that have received the highest number of issued trademark registrations.  We regularly outrank large law firms around the country.

Trademark owners look to Hovey Williams for legal assistance because we are innovative in cultivating and protecting their brands and creative works. The brand of your product or service plays a significant role in differentiating you from competitors and enhancing the value of your company’s assets.

We are a full-service trademark firm.  Our attorneys help by searching trademark databases, as well as preparing, filing, and prosecuting various types of U.S. and foreign trademark and service mark registration applications.  We manage trademark portfolios, assist in licensing efforts, enforce trademarks in litigation, and deal with the nuances of trademark issues in social media and in other online channels.  


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Copyrights

Hovey Williams practices Copyright Law

Copyrights apply to original creative works of authorship, from fine arts to computer software and architecture. Whether your work is published or unpublished, we provide you with exclusive rights to control its distribution, reproduction, modification, and other important rights.


A partial list of works requiring copyright protection includes:

  • Literary works
  • Visual artwork
  • Performing art works
  • Sound recordings
  • Computer programs
  • Computer applications (‘apps’)
  • Architectural designs

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Trade Secrets • Non-Compete • Non-Disclosure

Hovey Williams practices Trade Secret Law

If you or your organization possess certain confidential information, you may wish to seek the protection of a trade secret. Whether this secret consists of a formula, practice, process, design, instrument, pattern or some combination of these elements, it’s critical to prevent competitors, vendors and others from obtaining and profiting from your intellectual property. 

Our trade secret attorneys know the intricacies of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA) and the Economic Espionage Act of 1996, which makes the theft or misappropriation of a trade secret a federal crime. In addition, we can help you protect your rights and properly secure other sensitive information through non-compete and non-disclosure documents.


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IP Litigation

Hovey Williams practices IP Litigation

Our litigation team has championed our clients’ important intellectual property rights across the nation--both in courts and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  In fact, Hovey Williams was the first to file a petition through the newly-implemented Inter Partes Proceeding (“IPR”) before the Patent Trials and Appeals Board.  And in 2014 and 2015, Hovey Williams was identified as one of the top 40 most active firms in the nation practicing before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Our litigators have extensive experience enforcing and defending against patents, trademarks and copyrights. Our litigators have practiced before courts in jurisdictions across the nation, becoming familiar with each court’s local rules.  We have relationships with technological experts in a variety of fields.

Even though our firm is prepared to litigate disputes through trials and appeals, we are keenly aware of the fact that litigation is expensive and burdensome to our clients.   As such, we are committed to pursuing resolution to disputes early, whether it’s during the litigation process or prior to a lawsuit ever being filed.  


 

For more information about copyrights or to speak to one of our attorneys, click here.