Our attorneys assist clients with all aspects of trademark, trade dress, copyright, trade secret, and unfair competition law to protect, enforce, and grow their valuable IP assets. We understand the unique needs of higher education institutions with respect to the creation, development, licensing, and transfer of intellectual property on campus, and we help schools of all sizes maximize and protect their brand.
Trademarks: Our team helps higher education clients manage their mark portfolio, including registering and protecting their trademarks, developing and vetting a licensing strategy, training relevant stakeholders, and resolving disputes through state, federal, and USPTO tribunals.
Copyrights: Copyright and the issues that surround it arise all over campus. Our team is adept at working through the nuances surrounding the ownership of the creative expression of ideas. From faculty to student development, we provide strategic guidance to help minimize risk while fostering innovation.
NIL: The impact of Name, Image, and Likeness on campus is growing steadily. We work with institutions to find a holistic approach to protect their brand while maximizing the student-athlete experience on campus. Our team was among the first to publish a series on how institutions could navigate the world of NIL when it burst onto the scene in July 2021.
Trade Secrets: We help higher education institutions safeguard valuable trade secrets and ensure employees know their responsibilities in protecting their proprietary information.
Dispute Resolution: While we strive to keep our clients out of disputes, we have the expertise to prosecute and defend IP matters when they arise. Our team is complemented by a deep litigation bench ready to litigate in state or federal court, or before the USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
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