Trademarks & Copyrights
Pat analyzes trademark search reports and advises clients on the availability of a proposed mark or logo. She files and processes trademark applications and assists clients in maintaining registrations in good standing. Clients have retained her to handle issues arising out of domain name registrations by others that are similar to their proprietary marks, and she has negotiated domain name transfer agreements. She understands the value businesses place on their brands and good will and advises on trademark infringement and dilution issues.
Pat’s clients seek her advice on the proper use of competitors’ and others’ names and brands in their advertising. The use of photographs raises issues concerning the respective rights of the photographer and his/her customer, as well as those of the individuals pictured therein.
Pat has counseled authors, including software developers, on ways to protect their works and advised companies on methods to protect trade secrets and maintenance of confidential information by employees and independent contractors.