St. Louis Intellectual Property Law Firm
Protecting your creative property
Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind and is protected by:
• patents on inventions;
• trademarks on branding devices;
• copyrights on music, videos, patterns and other forms of expression; and,
• trade secrets for methods or formulas having economic value and used commercially.
Filing and protecting your patent
While our practice focuses on the preparation and prosecution of utility and design patents, we view counseling our clients on both the the benefits and pitfalls of intellectual property decisions at each stage in the intellectual property’s life as paramount. We strive to obtain patent protection that is as broad as possible, both in the United States and internationally. We file applications in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and under the Patent Cooperation Treaty and obtain patents with the assistance of our established foreign associates through the European Patent Office and in Central and South America, Pacific Rim, etc.
Preserving your business image through trademark
Brand recognition is one of the most important marketing advantages in launching a product domestically and worldwide. Brand recognition is generally a function of a word, name, symbol or logo (trademark or service mark) or an overall image that identifies the product (trade dress). We help clients safeguard their trademarks and service marks through counseling on selection, design and use; rendering opinions concerning trademark infringement; preparing, filing and prosecuting applications for registration in the United States Patent and Trademark Office and state and foreign registrations.
Registering your copyright
You have an exclusive right to the work you produce when you put it into a tangible form, such as a book, photograph, musical composition, computer program or movie. Your work automatically gains federal copyright protection upon production. We can help you register your work with the U.S. Copyright Office to protect it from unauthorized use, reproduction or distribution.
Safeguarding your business’ trade secrets
A formula, recipe, method, process or plan distinctive to your business constitutes trade secrets. Trade secrets are intrinsic to the success of your company and give you the competitive edge. When these unique functions are revealed, your company’s value is compromised. We help you protect your business through nondisclosure agreements and employment protocol.
Call Grace J. Fishel at 314.878.0440 or contact the law firm online to schedule an appointment.