Experienced Intellectual Property Attorneys

Having legal counsel who is focused on your business goals and budget is essential in the knowledge economy. Whether addressing infringement or defending your intellectual property rights, an experienced intellectual property attorney can help you navigate the complexities of the litigation process and protect your assets.

Summa PLLC’s attorneys, all of whom have technical backgrounds in science, are adept in understanding complex disputes and providing clients with IP enforcement, protection, and strategic counseling. We have successfully handled and litigated contested matters in the United States and abroad in the areas of patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair competition, and licensing.

Common Intellectual Property Disputes

Patent infringement disputes are typically complex because they require a deep understanding of sophisticated technology, extensive prior art searching, legal interpretation of the patent claims, proving or defending against infringement in complex situations, selecting and using expert witnesses, and proving (or disproving) monetary damages or the right to an injunction.

Trademark issues often revolve around the selection and use of trademarks. Trademark use and infringement are analyzed based upon several factors, with case law offering ten or more elements to be evaluated in reaching a conclusion. The goal is to protect the public against the likelihood of confusion when or if two commercial entities use or adopt trademarks that are confusingly similar to one another. US trademark law also provides some favorable and broad prohibitions against unfair competition.

Common copyright violations, especially in our computer-Internet-electronic age, often involve some sort of cut-and-paste offense (for pictures and text) or the use of recorded music at a business event without a license. More complex fights can arise over authorship (who created the work), copyright ownership, and similarity between works, e.g., some of the publicized cases about songs.

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