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Los Angeles
Intellectual Property(ip)
Lawyer

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In today’s world, advances in science can outstrip the ability of the law to respond to legal and ethical issues such advances raise. In the area of intellectual property, advances in biologics, nanotechnology, and GMOs challenge the boundaries of bioequivalence, living matter, and naturally occurring compounds. As a result, protecting intellectual property on the cutting edge of science requires a new way of thinking that is as innovative in the legal arena as these technological advances are in the arena of science.

At Trojan Law Offices (TLO®) in Los Angeles, we’re uniquely positioned to assist, counsel, and represent clients seeking protection for ideas and inventions through patent applications, trademark applications, and licensing agreements. Each of our IP attorneys brings scientific training in one or more of the hard sciences specific to his or her practice of the law. Positioned on the edge of the Pacific rim in Los Angeles, our firm represents the emerging spirit of dynamism and innovation that characterizes much of Asia and Silicon Valley. To discuss your intellectual property law needs, contact us.

Utility Patents

When most people think of patents, they are thinking of utility patents. Utility patents can protect the new and useful structure of a product.

For example, a patent can cover the structure of a new safety feature for a medicine bottle cap. Or utility patents can protect the composition of a product such as a new drug. Utility patents can also protect a new method for using a product. Even if the product is well known, the new use for the old product may be patentable. New business methods and Internet procedures can also be patentable.

Design Patents

The second kind of patent is a design patent. A design patent protects only the ornamental appearance of a product.

The idea behind design patents is that engineers should not only be concerned about the functionality of products, they should also be rewarded for making the final product appealing to the eye. For example, a new coffeemaker that incorporates art deco style elements could qualify for a design patent. Utility patents usually give broader protection than design patents, which only protect the appearance of the product.

IP Practice Areas

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Patent searches

Many clients first want to know if we can obtain a patent for their product or idea. To decide if your invention is patentable, we must first conduct a patent search, which will show if something close to your invention has already been patented.

The charge for a typical patent search is $1,000 to $2,000. Based upon the patent search, we will tell you if we can get a patent for you and we can tell you if your patent will be strong or weak. Based upon what we tell you, you can decide if you want to file for a patent. You are not required to do a patent search. But we do recommend it because we can write a better patent application if we have the information from the patent search first.

Trademark searches

The cost to conduct a trademark availability search is $525, which includes a complete search of all federal and state registrations and pending applications, a search of common law rights, and an oral opinion concerning the availability of the proposed mark.

The total cost for us to file a trademark application is $695 per mark, per international class, which includes the government filing fee. If the trademark is a logo, we may hire a draftsman to prepare the logo to conform to Trademark Office drawing rules, which usually costs an additional $60 to $90.

Intellectual Property Law

Intellectual Property Law

  • How Can I Register My Trademark Internationally?

    TLO® can help you obtain trademark protections outside the U.S., and we can quickly estimate the cost for this process in each country. You can obtain additional trademark rights if you file overseas within six months of your U.S. filing date, but you can also file overseas after that date.

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  • How does the registration process work?

    The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) administers the international registration system, but the application process for certain parties begins in the United States. A US applicant cannot file directly with WIPO, but must file for trademark protection with the USPTO first.

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  • What happens after the registration is filed?

    WIPO will send the application for trademark protection to the Madrid Protocol member countries that the applicant chooses. The protection that results is not blanket worldwide trademark protection, but protection overseen by the individual countries.

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  • What are the benefits of the international registration process?

    The benefits of the Madrid Protocol are simplicity and reduced cost. The process requires only one application, rather than numerous applications covering each country in which trademark protection is sought. One application also means one application fee, which typically greatly reduces the cost.

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