Experienced Trademark and Patent Attorneys
Your Ideas Deserve to be Protected!
If you have an idea, business plan, or an invention that needs protection, we can assist. At WHGC, we handle your immediate needs, and develop solutions that anticipate your future needs. Contact our intellectual property lawyers to discuss your trademark and patent needs.
WHGC is set apart from other general litigation firms because our intellectual property lawyers are licensed by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. The intellectual property lawyers at WHGC, are knowledgeable in the fields of engineering, technology, and the law and know how to apply this knowledge with both transactional work and during litigation. We handle all intellectual property fields, including copyright filings and patent prosecution. We have worldwide associates which we can utilize to coordinate global strategies. And, because of our knowledge, experience, and technology, we are very efficient—which ultimately saves our clients money.
Our intellectual property attorneys protect our clients' ideas through copyrights, trademarks, and patents.
Copyrights: Protect your Work
Copyright provides protection for the expression of written, musical, pictorial and other methods of creative expression, such as a pictures, novels, songs, etc. Copyright registration is filed with the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. . The Berne Convention of 1989 grants copyrights to original artwork without filing for registration. In order to litigate on a copyright, the copyright must be registered. The attorneys at Wang, Hartmann & Gibbs are experienced and qualified to protect the copyright work of its clients through registration and litigation.
Associate Your Product With A Mark And Sell More
A trademark is a way to associate goods with a service. Trademarks connect a word or symbol with a product. For example, the Nike “swoosh” or the Starbucks logo. The court places limitations on trademarks, so its important to have a skilled and qualified attorney on your side. We trademark words and symbols which uniquely signify our client.
A trade dress is a type of trademark that relates to the packaging or nonfunctional design of a product, that carries with it "inherent distinctiveness" that creates recognition of a company or a product. An example would be the packaging of a McDonald’s Happy Meal or the square bottle and blue cap of a Fiji water bottle. At WHGC, we are experienced in filing distinct and successful trade dress applications that directly reflect the thoughts and ideas of our client.
Patents: Defend Your Exclusive Designs
A patent gives you the right to exclude others from using your invention. Our attorneys are experienced handling all types of patents, including patents for complex hardware and software inventions. There are two types of patents:
- Design patent: A design patent gives you rights on the appearance of a product or layout, such as placement of the parts of a cell phone (display screen, logo, buttons, etc.) or the shape/size, design, of head and tail lights on an automobile.
- Utility patent: A utility patent gives you rights on an actual product (pen, cell phone, etc.), not the layout or look of it.
Patents are granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, though determinations of patent validity and infringement are the exclusive jurisdictions of the United States District Courts.
Learn How to Protect Your Rights
At WHGC, we help you protect your intellectual property rights with filings in the US Patent and Trademark Office, or with the State of California as appropriate. We are experienced with patent prosecution from the initial application to the PTO, through any litigation necessary to enforce your rights by seeking monetary damages or injunctive relief.
Our intellectual property law attorneys have successfully represented leading information technology institutions across the United States and worldwide. We have effectively managed patents, trademarks, and related intellectual property matters with major organizations, such as NASA and Broadcom, among others.
Contact Our Firm
Please contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled trademark and patent law attorneys. All legal consultations are strictly confidential under attorney-client privilege.