Trademark & Copyright Law
Provo Law Firm Registers, Enforces, & Manages Trademarks and Copyrights
Intellectual property requires active safeguarding
Intellectual property (IP) attorneys at Fillmore Spencer LLC advise Utah Valley startups and established companies on branding and registration strategies involving trademarks, copyright and other IP. We prosecute and defend cases of trademark infringement and cybersquatting, and handle litigation involving software rights, trade dress infringement, domain name disputes and false-advertising suits brought under the Lanham Act.
On behalf of Utah Valley businesses, the Provo trademark lawyers at Fillmore Spencer LLC register and manage trademarks in the U.S. and internationally. We have registered, and maintain a portfolio of, hundreds of trademarks for corporate clients large and small, and register complex software with the U.S. Copyright Office.
Don't leave your brand at risk
Zipper, kerosene, aspirin, thermos and escalator were brand names that became unenforceable
Your trademark is a tremendously valuable investment, a signal that instantly communicates to your customers certain qualities characterizing your enterprise or product.
But if not actively asserted and defended, a brand name can pass into generic use. Fillmore Spencer LLC Provo trademark lawyers offer comprehensive, active trademark property management, registering and renewing trademarks for our clients. We:
- Conduct trademark availability searches and draft opinions
- Plan and budget for worldwide trademark filing programs and then work with client counsel to clear marks, register foreign applications and maintain registrations
- Develop global enforcement programs to prevent the importation and exportation of counterfeit products
- Provide IP transaction support in the areas of asset disposition, mergers and acquisitions, securitization and monetization, joint ventures, transfer pricing, holding companies and IP tax issues
Besides assiduous trademark management, we also prosecute and defend in trade dress, branding and advertising infringements cases in federal and state court, and also represent enterprises before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board, and domain name arbitration panels under the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy. Our lead IP attorney is a member of the International Trademark Association, and has been selected by his peers on numerous occasions as one of Utah’s “Legal Elite” in trademark litigation.
"Of all the things that your company owns, brands are far and away the most important and the toughest. Founders die. Factories burn down. Machinery wears out. Inventories get depleted. Technology becomes obsolete. Brand loyalty is the only sound foundation on which business leaders can build enduring, profitable growth."
Technology has made it easy for anyone to appropriate ideas and their expression. That, coupled with the growing number of ways in which a work may be monetized in various international jurisdictions, has helped make copyright assertion and defense more important than ever.
Copyright covers the form and manner in which ideas are expressed, not the ideas themselves. In most countries, copyright is conferred automatically the moment an idea is committed to a tangible form, such as sheet music, a photograph, a videotape or a computer file. Though copyright is automatic, it’s best to officially register it as soon as possible: Registering a copyright after infringement is detected will limit the owner only to compensation of actual damages, and not to statutory damages.
The copyright litigation attorneys at Fillmore Spencer LLC are intimately familiar with copyright law and help clients with comprehensive and vigilant copyright protection by:
- Establishing the client’s copyright ownership through registration
- Providing proactive copyright protection strategies across multiple jurisdictions
- Licensing the copyright
- Investigating potential infringements and drafting the client’s complaint
- Enforcing copyright through a mix of cease-and-desist letters, temporary restraining orders, preliminary injunctions, alternative forms of business dispute resolution and litigation
The Provo lawyers at Fillmore Spencer LLC have successfully represented not only plaintiffs but also defendants in copyright litigation at all levels. Potential defenses for those charged with infringement include invalidating the copyright, proving the defense’s work was created independently and arguing fair-use exclusion.
Trust your intellectual property to experienced lawyers in Provo
Whether a cybersquatter is trying to profit from your good name, a competitor is falsely claiming its product is superior, or your enterprise is being sued for copyright infringement, retain the counsel of a knowledgeable, experienced business law firm that can represent your rights and best interests firmly and creatively. Call Fillmore Spencer LLC in Provo at (801) 921-6562 or contact us online to learn how we can help.