The Chicago, Illinois law firm of Adler Law Group provides a wide array of counseling and advice on intellectual property. Our intellectual property services include:
- trademarks: searches and evaluations;
- trade mark selection, adoption, registration and protections;
structuring, drafting and negotiating franchises, dealership and distribution agreements;
drafting and negotiating contracts for protection, exploitation, assignment and licensing of intellectual property rights;
- protecting business information, trade secrets and confidential procedure and know-how;
drafting and negotiating confidentiality and non-compete agreements
- protecting against counterfeiting, piracy and other acts of unfair competition; and
litigation, arbitration, mediation and other alternatives for resolving intellectual property disputes.
The Copyright Act of 1976 protects creative expression of:
- literary, dramatic, and musical works;
- pantomimes and dance;
- pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works;
- audio-visual works;
- sound recordings;
- and architectural works
Essentially, any original "expression" is eligible for copyright protection as soon as it is fixed in a tangible form.
For more information about copyright protection, read our article entitled What does Copyright Protect?
A trademark includes any word, name, symbol, or device, or any combination, used, or intended to be used, in commerce to identify and distinguish the goods of one manufacturer or seller from goods manufactured or sold by others, and to indicate the source of the goods. In short, a trademark is a brand name.
A service mark is any word, name, symbol, device, or any combination, used, or intended to be used, in commerce, to identify and distinguish the services of one provider from services provided by others, and to indicate the source of the services.
The incidence of conflicts between owners of trademarks and businesses on the Internet who may, intentionally or otherwise, use a similar name in their Internet addresses appears to be on the rise. Registered trademark owners that wish to protect their business goodwill on the Internet may seek protection of federal trademark laws under (a) Section 32 of the Lanham Act 15 U.S.C. § 1114 for trademark infringement; (b) Section 43(a) of the Lanham Act 15 U.S.C. § 1125(a) for dilution or unfair competition; or (c) under state unfair competition laws.
For more information about trademarks and service marks, read our article entitled Trademarks in Cyberspace.
The Firm provides regularly updated information for brand-owners and marketing professionals, including in-depth analysis of the latest marketing and brand law issues, case analysis, previews of up-and-coming legislation affecting marketing, plus legal checklists and template agreements.
Depending on your objectives, the Firm can negotiate and draft licensing agreements for your brand or product or perform consulting work to explore ways in which licensing may help build your business. Building the long-term value of our clients' brands is central to everything we do, therefore we provide a full range of services to help make the most from licensing opportunities.
We look forward to the opportunity to discuss any questions you may have regarding the range of business, technology and intellectual property services we offer. Our law office is based in Chicago, Illinois. Please feel free to call us at