|Intellectual Property |
Intellectual Property (IP) is a broad classification for various types of intellectual assets. The four generally recognized classes of intellectual property are patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.
ALCAN offers a significant full-service intellectual property practice. We have litigation successes in all matters related to intellectual property, including patent infringement, trademark infringement, trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition, copyright infringement, domain name matters, and related contractual disputes. We counsel clients about protecting inventions, prepare and prosecute patent applications, and conduct patentability, non-infringement, and validity studies. In addition, we assist clients in the development and management of patent portfolios, conduct due diligence studies with respect to acquisitions and provide infringement investigation services.
We assist clients with the selection and screening of new trademarks, service marks, and trade names, and register and maintain their trademarks worldwide. We counsel clients about copyright protection, and register copyrights on all types of work from the visual arts to computer programs and any other types of literary work. We negotiate and draft disclosure agreements, manufacturing agreements, technology transfer agreements, license agreements and joint ventures, domestically and abroad. We also counsel clients regarding advertising compliance and related issues.
We bring and defend litigation concerning all aspects of intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and confidential information, unfair competition and false advertising. We assist clients in seeking and defending in temporary restraining orders, preliminary injunctions and ex-parte seizures.
We have specific IP experience in:
- advertising, marketing & sponsorship
- competition & EU law
- dispute resolution in all IP rights
- domain names
- franchising, licensing & distribution
- trade marks and brand protection
- patents, designs and copyright
- technology – transactions and dispute resolutions
- unfair competition and passing-off