Welcome to our Intellectual Property Practice Page
You Created It, We Protect It.
Crystal T. Broughan and the Intellectual Property team at Marks Gray have the experience, professionalism, and attention to detail needed to handle your toughest Intellectual Property Law cases. Ms. Broughan provides personalized service to individuals, entrepreneurs, and established businesses to help them navigate the risk and understand opportunities in starting and growing their business.
At Marks Gray, we take pride in protecting your Intellectual Property regardless of industry, size, location, or stage of business success.
You Created It, We Protect It.
Areas of Practice include trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and unfair competition litigation, domain name disputes, licensing agreements, nondisclosure agreements, and infringement. Click HERE for a complete list of services.
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Why Do I Need an Attorney?
The creation of your intellectual property took valuable time, knowledge and skill. In order to properly protect your intellectual property from the beginning, you should consult with an Intellectual Property attorney. Many creative entrepreneurs and startup businesses run into IP issues during the startup phase. They have a great idea, put it online without following all the steps to protect their creation and someone steals it. This happens every day on the internet. These issues range from situations such as authoring and self-publishing a book that needs copyright protection or creating a trademark for a newly formed business. You may find advice columns and articles that cover bits and pieces of the in-depth process required to complete a trademark search, a trademark application or complete a copyright application, but how do you know if a key piece that is specific to your creation has been addressed? If every small detail is not covered, you open yourself and your business up to a number of problems that you may not be equipped to handle. Incomplete trademark search results or an unsuccessful copyright application could result in your business receiving a cease and desist letter or another person accusing you of plagiarism and copyright infringement.
An Intellectual Property lawyer can help you avoid these problems before they arise. A trademark lawyer will conduct a proper trademark search and review the search report to help you determine if your trademark can be registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. A lawyer knowledgeable on preparing and filing copyright applications with the U.S. Copyright Office can help you identify and resolve issues that may prevent you from obtaining a copyright registration.
The preparation of a trademark application or copyright application requires knowledge of the law, rules, and procedure to make sure you obtain complete protection for your intellectual property asset. Phrases like “merely descriptive,” “likelihood of confusion,” and “geographically descriptive” appear often in correspondence from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and clients do not know how to respond. An intellectual property lawyer can help you understand those phrases and advise you on how to avoid them.
Marks Gray’s lead IP attorney, Crystal T. Broughan is experienced in obtaining federal trademark and copyright registrations. She also provides legal counsel on Notices of Opposition to trademark registrations and Petitions for Cancellation of trademarks before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. She advises clients on the acquisition of intellectual property during the purchase of a business, licensing agreements, confidentiality agreements, and non-compete agreements. Ms. Broughan has managed the litigation of a wide variety of intellectual property disputes in state and federal courts that include trademarks, trade secrets, domain names, patents, copyrights, breach of contract issues, unfair competition and deceptive trade practices. Her experience will help protect your creation.