Some of your new company’s most valuable assets may be what the law considers “intangible”—rights to intellectual property, such as copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets—created by the company’s founders or employees for the furtherance of the company’s business objectives. In some cases, these intangible assets are created by the founders prior to the formation of the company and can be transferred to the company when advisable and appropriate. In other cases, the intellectual property arises from the efforts of the founders or employees within the scope of the new company’s operations, in which case, the IP rights generally attach to the company in the first instance. The Van de Verg Law Office can help you and your company identify, document, protect and safely license its intellectual property rights to the full extent of the law. We can assist with registering your copyright claim with the U.S. Copyright Office, filing your trademark application with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office,* and designing policies and procedures to protect your common law copyright, trademark and trade secret rights.
* Neither The Van de Verg Law Office, nor any attorney associated with that office, is eligible to represent any client in any patent matter before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. The USPTO’s Office of Enrollment & Discipline maintains a register of active patent practitioners who are eligible to represent others before the USPTO in patent matters at: https://oedci.uspto.gov/OEDCI/practitionerSearchEntry