Intellectual Property Protection and Litigation
Trade and Service Marks
Effective trademark registration, enforcement, and licensing are essential to maintaining and growing a company's goodwill and, therefore, its value. Wyatt's IP team includes attorneys well versed in all aspects of trademark and many that both prosecute applications to establish the rights of a client to mark, and enforce the client's rights to a mark though litigation and quasi-litigation proceedings such as Opposition and Cancellation Proceedings in the United States Patent and Trademark Office and Domain Name Disputes under the ICANN's Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy.
Wyatt's IP team has also provided drafting and due diligence support in many transactions that primarily involved the purchase or sale of IP in the form of the good will embodied in the selling party's trade and service marks. In such transactions, our team focuses on the needs of the client to ensure that the proper representations and warranties are made with respect to the trade and service mark rights being transferred and that potential issues are identified early.
Our lawyers also bring with them significant experience in the corporate world. Their pre-Wyatt experience includes both in-house counsel and management experience at outstanding companies like IBM Global Services, General Electric, Colgate-Palmolive, U.S. Steel Corporation, Smith & Nephew, Inc., American Optical Corporation, Milliken & Company, and J.M. Huber Corporation. This experience uniquely positions our attorneys to provide advice that takes into account the real world position of your business.
We do all the usual trademark services like searches, application prosecution, advice on infringement, and licensing. But what distinguishes our approach is our solid partnering with clients to realize the financial, educational, or other value they seek from their IP, and our ongoing investment in research to bring new IP opportunities, frontiers and strategies to our clients.
Our team also includes a number of seasoned litigators with experience both prosecuting and defending claims of trademark infringement and unfair competition in both federal and state courts. Team members are also thoroughly experienced in handling trademark registration contests before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.