INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ATTORNEY LOS ANGELES IP LAWYER 2019-10-10T22:49:02+00:00

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Axis Legal Counsel Represents
individuals, businesses, and startups with
full-service intellectual property legal representation.

Licensing ● Trademarks ● Copyrights ● Infringement ● Patent Disputes ● Full Service IP Law

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There is nothing more valuable to an entrepreneur, inventor, or business than its creations.l When new content is created — whether it is a written work, invention, trademark, or other novel material, it is important to have the work protected through the necessary means.  In the U.S., intellectual property (IP) is protected through the copyright, trademark registration, and patents. Other forms of IP include trade secrets and business/proprietary confidential information

AXIS Legal Counsel can assist you with a variety of IP matters, including applications, protection, infringement, litigation,  dispute resolution, as well as IP licensing/transactions.   If your business needs legal assistance from a Los Angeles Intellectual Property Attorney, contact Axis for a confidential no-risk and no-charge consultation at info@axislc.com or (213) 403-0130.

 

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Overview of Intellectual Property Law

TRADEMARKS

Axis can assist you in handling all aspects of the trademark practice, including clearing trademarks, filing and prosecuting trademark applications, and, when necessary, representing clients in enforcing their trademark rights against infringers. Our trademark service offerings include:

  • Review and discussion of potential new trademarks
  • Trademark searching (in-house and/or using a professional search agent)
  • Preparing and filing initial U.S. (Federal) and California state trademark applications
  • Preparing and filing initial U.S. and Madrid Protocol trademark applications
  • Prosecuting the same to allowance
  • Handling declarations of use and renewals for registered trademarks
  • Preparation and negotiation of trademark licenses and assignments
  • Sending demand letters to infringers
  • Handling trademark litigation
COPYRIGHTS
We can assist with a wide variety of legal matters involving copyrights, including but not limited to:

  • Registering new copyrights
  • Review and discussion of potential material to deposit with a U.S. copyright application
  • Preparing and filing U.S. copyright applications
  • Sending demand letters to infringers.
  • Copyright infringement
  • Handling copyright litigation.
  • Copyright lawsuits and disputes
  • Copyright arbitrations

LICENSING AGREEMENTS

Axis has significant experience negotiating license deals and agreements for IP clients. We can assist with numerous types of licensing matters, including but not limited to:

  • Patent license agreements
  • Trademark license agreements
  • Copyright license agreements
  • Software license agreements
  • Sponsorship agreements
  • Website and application terms and conditions
  • Distributorship agreements
  • Non-compete and confidentiality agreements
  • Endorsement agreements
  • Licensing agreements

LITIGATION

We also routinely handle lawsuits and disputes, as well as arbitrations. Our services include but are not limited to:

  • Trademark lawsuits
  • Copyright lawsuits
  • Patent lawsuits
  • Federal trademark litigation
  • Federal copyright litigation
  • Federal patent litigation
  • Trademark Trial and Appeal Board proceedings
  • UDRP proceedings
  • Federal appeals matters

 

Common IP FAQs

What’s the Difference between a Trademark, Patent, Copyright, Domain Name, and Business Name Registration? 

Trademarks, patents, copyrights, domain names, and business name registrations all differ, so it is important to learn whether a trademark is appropriate for you.

A trademark typically protects brand names and logos used on goods and services. A patent protects an invention. A copyright protects an original artistic or literary work. For example, if you invent a new kind of vacuum cleaner, you would apply for a patent to protect the invention itself. You would apply to register a trademark to protect the brand name of the vacuum cleaner. And you might register a copyright for the TV commercial that you use to market the product.

A domain name is part of a web address that links to the internet protocol address (IP address) of a particular website. For example, in the web address “http://axislegalca.com,” the domain name is “axislegalca.com” You register your domain name with an accredited domain name registrar, not through the USPTO. A domain name and a trademark differ. A trademark identifies goods or services as being from a particular source. Use of a domain name only as part of a web address does not qualify as source-indicating trademark use, though other prominent use apart from the web address may qualify as trademark use. Registration of a domain name with a domain name registrar does not give you any trademark rights. For example, even if you register a certain domain name with a domain name registrar, you could later be required to surrender if it infringes someone else’s trademark rights.

Similarly, use of a business name does not necessarily qualify as trademark use, though other use of a business name as the source of goods or services might qualify it as both a business name and a trademark. Many states and local jurisdictions register business names, either as part of obtaining a certificate to do business or as an assumed name filing. For example, in a state where you will be doing business, you might file documents (typically with a state corporation or state division of corporations) to form a business entity, such as a corporation or limited liability company.

What’s the Difference between a Trade Mark, Trade Name, or Business Name? 

A trade name is any name used by a business to identify itself.  Simply adopting a trade name does not necessarily mean that it is protected by any federal or U.S. trademark.

A trademark is more specific: it is a symbol or word (including slogans, logos and designs) used to identify the source of goods or services, and it gives the owner of the trademark certain rights. For example, the Nike Swoosh logo signifies that the source of the product is Nike. A trademark generally allows its owner to exclude others from using a confusingly similar trademark. In the U.S., the first user (senior user) of a trademark usually has ownership priority rights over later users in their geographic area.

Trademark protection can last as long as the trademark is used in commerce and as long as the trademark does not become generic. For example, “Kleenex,” which was once a brand name, is now generic to describe all tissue paper.

What is the Difference between a Trademark and a Copyright?

Registration of a trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) protects brand names, designs, or logos that distinguish the goods or services of one provider or manufacturer from the goods or services of another provider or manufacturer. A trademark generally allows its owner to exclude others from using a confusingly similar trademark. Having a registered trademark may also decrease the likelihood that another party will file a trademark infringement lawsuit against you.

Registration of a copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office protects original works of authorship that are in a “tangible medium” – something you can touch or buy. For example, a recording of a song, an oil painting on canvas, or a novel. Copyright protection can be given to many kinds of works, including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic works, and more. Subject to some limited fair use exceptions, the owner of a copyright generally has the exclusive right to reproduce, distribute, perform, display, or license a work and derivatives of the work.

► Who We Represent in Trademark Matters 

Axis represents clients of all sizes, including individual freelancers, entertainers, single business owners, small businesses, mid-sized companies and regional offices of out-of-state or international companies, as well as large international businesses with operations across multiple states or countries with intellectual property matters.  We serve all types of businesses, including but not limited to:

  • Individuals
  • Entertainers
  • Corporations
  • S Corporations
  • LLCs
  • LLPs
  • LPs
  • DBAs
  • Partnerships
  • Joint Ventures
  • Consultants
  • Single-owner businesses
  • Small businesses
  • Mid-sized businesses
  • Regional offices
  • Distributors of international companies
  • International corporations
  • International branches

► Our Intellectual Property Practice Areas

 

Trademarks

Our trademark services range from representing clients in negotiating contracts and agreements involving trademark use, trademark registrations with the U.S. Patent & Trademark office, including responding to U.S. PTO Office Actions, and TTAB (Trademark Trials and Appeals Board proceedings), as well as civil enforcement of trademark registration

  • Trademark Registrations
  • Trademark searches
  • Trademark licensing agreements
  • Trademark infringement
  • Trademark disputes
  • Trademark civil litigation
  • U.S. PTO Trademark Responses to Offices Actions
  • TTAB Oppositions
  • TTAB Litigation
  • Concurrent uses

 

IP Infringements

Axis represents clients initiate and respond to IP infringement, whether it involves infringing uses of registered IP, such as a copyright or trademark, or whether it involves misappropriation, breaches, infringement, or outright theft and misappropriation:

  • Cease/Desist Demands
  • Copyright infringement
  • Counterfeiting
  • DMCA Takedowns
  • Copyright Litigation
  • Computer Fraud / Abuse Act
  • Data Breaches
  • Non-disclosure agreement breaches
  • Trademark Litigation
  • Trade Secret Litigation
  • Trademark infringement

 

Licensing Transactions

Axis represents clients in negotiating intellectual property licensing transactions involving a variety of products and services:

  • Celebrity licensing transactions
  • Concept development agreements
  • Copyright licensing
  • Endorsement deals
  • Franchise/Franchise agreements
  • IP Licensing
  • Influencer Agreements
  • Memorabilia licensing
  • Non-disclosure agreements
  • Promotional agreements
  • Sports licensing
  • Startup / emerging company licensing Trademark licensing

 

Online / Internet Disputes

Axis can also assist you in online and internet disputes involving domain names, digital communications, infringements, and take-downs:

  • Cyberslander
  • DMCA Takedowns
  • DMCA Counter-notifications  and disputes
  • Internet Uniform Dispute Resolution Proceedings (UDRP) Electronic Communications Protection Act (ECPA) Responses
  • Subscriber Notices
  • Right of publicity claims
  • Privacy violations
  • Invasions of Privacy

 

 

Intellectual Property & Licensing

Axis assists clients with a wide variety of intellectual property and licensing matters, ranging across copyright, trademark, trade secret, licensing, confidentiality, and related matters:

  • Confidentiality Agreements
  • Copyrights
  • Copyright Assignments
  • Copyright Infringement
  • Content-Licensing Agreements
  • End-User Agreement
  • Endorsement Deals
  • Intellectual Property Assignment
  • Licensing Contracts
  • Merchandising
  • Non-Disclosure Agreements
  • Privacy Policies
  • Promotional Agreements
  • Records Retention Policies
  • Software Licensing Agreements
  • Sweepstakes & Contests
  • Trademarks
  • Trademark Disputes
  • Trademark Infringement
  • Trademark Registrations
  • Web Hosting Agreements
  • Website Terms & Conditions

Our Billing Philosophy and Fees

 We have a wide variety of billing arrangements that are flexible for businesses of all sizes and types. On many  occasions, we provide legal services to business clients on a flat fee, or budgeted basis, by which the overall legal expenses are capped for purposes of the task or project being performed. It is generally a very straightforward  process, and many clients are pleased to learn how affordable it can be to obtain reliable legal advice for their business matter.FeesButton

We also use traditional legal billing structures, such as hourly services, as well as hybrid billing arrangements for clients whose billing needs are more specific. Our billing practices reflect the philosophy of providing value-added services for clients, in a cost-effective, affordable, and reliable manner. Most businesses generally cannot afford the high legal fees of large law firms, which can feel overwhelming, especially when there are multiple timekeepers assigned to a file all doing what appears to be the same or similar tasks. Our billing philosophy specifically is designed to avoid the types of billing practices that frustrate business clients the most.

Getting Legal Help

If you need experienced legal counsel in connection with any intellectual property matter, please contact us for legal assistance today. Call today for free consultation, and in as little as 15 minutes, you could have peace of mind with respect to the handling of  your legal matter. Call us today at (213) 403-0130 or info@axislc.com.

 

 

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Our FAQs answer the most common issues faced by IP clients.

We have an extensive FAQ Library that covers the most common questions we get from businesses, as well as FAQs on recent changes in  law affecting businesses .

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Our Awards and Accolades

Our talented legal counsel has  consistently been recognized for excellence in legal services, and has been rated or ranked by Avvo, SuperLawyers, Euromoney’s Definitive Guide to Leading Litigation Lawyers & Law Firms, Los Angeles Magazine, and others.

  • Superlawyers – Rising Stars (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) – Top 2.5% of Attorneys in the State
  • “Superb” Rated by Avvo.com (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
  • “Top Attorneys – Los Angeles Magazine (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Recognized as one of the Global 100 Lawyers in Business Law (2017)
  • “Business Law Firm of the Year” – ACQ/Intertrust Magazine (2016)
  • “Top Business Law Firm” – Finance Monthly Magazine (2016)
  • “Superb” Rated by Avvo.com (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Lawyers of Distinction (2016)
  • “Up and Coming Attorneys” (2010)
  • Euromoney’s Definitive Guide to Leading Lawyers and Firms (2009)

 

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