Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property Law Firm

You’re an Agent of Change 

Your ultimate goals include creating, enriching, formulating or upgrading, so every second counts. You want to steer clear of anything that keeps you from reaching your solutions and answers

How do you demarcate your contribution to progress?

Ideas build, one upon the next. Leading to major innovations and advancements. Innovations and advancements that create improvements to our quality of life.

To safeguard your right to productivity, you absolutely must shield your source of revenue: your intellectual property assets. You need to be certain that your research, your ideas, your business identity, and your information rightfully remain yours.

Notable Patents Obtained

The United States Patent and Trademark Office list of recent patents obtained by Swanson & Bratschun, L.L.C.

Patents
You own an invention or an improvement to an invention.

Invention: “a new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof; a new, original, and ornamental design for an article of manufacture; or a new and distinct, invented or discovered asexually reproduced plant.”

Patent: “a property right granted by the Government of the United States of America to an inventor ‘to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention throughout the United States or importing the invention into the United States’ for a limited time in exchange for public disclosure of the invention when the patent is granted.”

There are three types of patents to protect the different types of inventions: utility patents, design patents, and plant patents.

Trademarks
You have developed an identity that defines your business.

Trademarks: “protect words, names, symbols, sounds, or colors that distinguish goods and services from those manufactured or sold by others and to indicate the source of the goods. Trademarks, unlike patents, can be renewed forever as long as they are being used in commerce.”

Copyrights
You have produced creative works.

Copyrights: “protect works of authorship, such as writings, music, and works of art that have been tangibly expressed. The Library of Congress registers copyrights.”

Copyright protection can extend to computer code, photographs, mask works and other non-traditional forms of expression.

Trade Secrets
The intensity and strength you apply to your work have resulted in proprietary
knowledge.

Trade Secrets: “information that a company keeps secret to give it an advantage over the competition.” A trade secret can include a formula, pattern, compilation, program device, method, process or technique.