Areas of Service
The U.S. Government may grant a patent that provides an inventor
the exclusive right to make, use, or sell his or her invention
in the United States for a limited time. In exchange, the inventor
must disclose that invention to the public. Three types of patents
exist: plant, design, and, the most common, utility.
Patent and Trademark Office recommends inventors use an
attorney when applying for a patent. Registered to practice
with the U.S. Patent Office, Brian
Teague can provide the full range of services, from identifying
inventions, seeking patent protection, and even counseling clients
regarding infringement matters. When necessary, he can perform
services to help enforce a patent such as cease and desist letters.
A trademark (or service mark) is a word, phrase, or design
that distinguishes the source of a product (or service). Registering
a trademark provides the owner legal protection, right to use
a mark in connection with his or her goods, and as a basis for
foreign registration when exporting the product.
Patent Law of Virginia can counsel clients regarding
trademarks and related unfair competition matters. That assistance
includes filing applications for trademark registration and
participating in trademark enforcement, both offensively and
defensively. Moreover, the firm can participate in proceedings
before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
An author who creates an original literary, dramatic, musical,
or artistic work is automatically granted copyright protection.
The copyright gives that author the sole right to perform such
actions as reproduction, distribution of copies, and adaptation
of such work, unless the author gives permission to another
party. Registering the work with the U.S.
Copyright Office extends and strengthens that protection.
There are exclusions to these rights, and an attorney
can assist an author in understanding the application process
and the rights and restrictions of a copyright.
Intellectual property encompasses knowledge, ideas, or creations
of the mind with commercial value and having recognizable property
rights. Intellectual property includes, but is not limited to,
artistic works, discoveries, software, symbols, and brand names;
it has become the most tradable property in today's digital
market. Trademarks, copyrights, patents, and trade secret laws
all protect the intellectual property owner.
An attorney experienced with
all facets of intellectual property provides an essential service
to the creator. Patent Law of Virginia partners with clients
to develop both offensive and defensive IP strategies.