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The Chicago, Illinois law firm of David M. Adler & Associates
provides a wide array of counseling and advice on intellectual
property. Our intellectual property services include:
- trademarks: searches and evaluations;
- trade mark selection, adoption, registration and protections;
- structuring, drafting and negotiating franchises, dealership
and distribution agreements;
- drafting and negotiating contracts for protection, exploitation,
assignment and licensing of intellectual property rights;
- protecting business information, trade secrets and confidential
procedure and know-how;
- drafting and negotiating confidentiality and non-compete
- protecting against counterfeiting, piracy and other acts of
unfair competition; and
- litigation, arbitration, mediation and other alternatives
for resolving intellectual property disputes.
The Copyright Act of 1976 protects creative expression: literary,
dramatic, and musical works; pantomimes and dance; pictorial,
graphic, and sculptural works; audio-visual works; sound recordings;
and architectural works. Essentially, any original "expression"
is eligible for copyright protection as soon as it is fixed in
a tangible form.
For more information about copyright protection, read our article
entitled What does Copyright
A trademark includes any word, name, symbol,
or device, or any combination, used, or intended to be used, in
commerce to identify and distinguish the goods of one manufacturer
or seller from goods manufactured or sold by others, and to indicate
the source of the goods. In short, a trademark is a brand name.
A service mark is any word, name, symbol, device,
or any combination, used, or intended to be used, in commerce,
to identify and distinguish the services of one provider from
services provided by others, and to indicate the source of the
The incidence of conflicts between owners of trademarks and businesses
on the Internet who may, intentionally or otherwise, use a similar
name in their Internet addresses appears to be on the rise. Registered
trademark owners that wish to protect their business goodwill
on the Internet may seek protection of federal trademark laws
under (a) Section 32 of the Lanham Act 15 U.S.C. § 1114 for
trademark infringement; (b) Section 43(a) of the Lanham Act 15
U.S.C. § 1125(a) for dilution or unfair competition; or (c)
under state unfair competition laws.
For more information about trademarks and service marks, read
our article entitled Trademarks in Cyberspace.
The Firm provides regularly updated information for brand-owners
and marketing professionals, including in-depth analysis of the
latest marketing and brand law issues, case analysis, previews
of up-and-coming legislation affecting marketing, plus legal checklists
and template agreements.
Depending on your objectives, the Firm can negotiate and draft
licensing agreements for your brand or product or perform consulting
work to explore ways in which licensing may help build your business.
Building the long-term value of our clients' brands is central
to everything we do, therefore we provide a full range of services
to help make the most from licensing opportunities.
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We look forward to the opportunity to discuss any questions you
may have regarding the range of business, technology and intellectual
property services we offer. Please feel free to call us at (866) 734-2568 should you have any questions.
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