For many clients, proprietary intellectual property is the lifeblood of their business, and proper attention to obtaining and securing rights during development and then protecting and commercializing intellectual property is fundamental to the success of the enterprise. We have particularly well-developed capabilities in the intellectual property area, and can provide essential advice to clients for whom intellectual property is crucial to the value of a business.
For our early stage clients, proper attention to intellectual property rights often begins before the company has been formed. We advise early stage clients on rights and obligations that founders may have with respect to former employers, or with respect to intellectual property that may have been jointly created.
We advise on and draft agreements with employees and consultants that cover non-disclosure, invention assignment and work-for-hire. Similarly, we advise on internal policies and procedures to ensure that confidential information and trade secrets will be accorded maximum possible protection. When access to critical intellectual property assets is provided to potential investors, strategic partners and acquirors, we assist in developing strategies and nondisclosure agreements designed to provide sufficient information to get deals done, while minimizing the risks that intellectual property may be compromised if a transaction is not completed.
We clear and register trademarks and copyrights and assist in enforcing such rights against infringement. We can also advise with respect to an acquisition strategy for domain names and the interplay between domain names and trademark rights. While we do not do patent work in house, we engage and collaborate with highly skilled, cost effective patent counsel to advise our clients on patent strategy and to draft and file patent applications.
Licensing is a central issue for many of our clients, and our attorneys have licensing expertise across a diverse spectrum of industries. Intellectual property licensing deals are often strategic transactions with significant implications for the valuation of a business in future financing or acquisition transactions, and our advice is informed by this broader perspective. From IT to mobile media to publishing to biotech, we have a breadth of experience in the nuanced issues that must be addressed and negotiated in order to enable our clients to derive the full benefit from their intellectual property assets.
Website and e-commerce issues arise for virtually all of our clients, and our attorneys are well-versed in this rapidly developing area of the law. We routinely advise on issues including development agreements, advertising agreements, hosting contracts, domain names, privacy policies and in the legal issues surrounding contests and games.