Intellectual property is often a client’s most valuable asset. Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP has the expertise to strategically and seamlessly integrate our clients’ goals with reality. We offer a full range of intellectual property services for businesses and individuals, including procurement, enforcement, licensing, strategic advising, dispute resolution, and technology transfer. Our services span a wide variety of industries, including food and beverage, higher education, biotech, and software.
Our attorneys handle all areas of trademark procurement and protection, both domestically and internationally. We help search and register trademarks, manage trademark portfolios, develop enforcement strategies and licensing schemes, and file, prosecute, and defend trademark oppositions and cancellations before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Clients count on our advice on the trademark aspects of advertising, including fair use issues.
The patent practice at Miller Nash Graham & Dunn addresses all aspects of patent law. We help clients develop and execute their patent strategies through all phases of patent prosecution both domestically and abroad. We work with businesses and inventors to secure patent rights for inventions, and are well situated to handle ex parte and inter partes reexaminations and patent litigation. Clients' business decisions are made easier by our answering of critical questions related to patentability, freedom to operate, patent validity, and infringement. We also counsel clients interested in determining the merit or worth of IP assets, including patent portfolios, for various business transactions.
We assist clients in protecting and registering copyrights for all types of original work, including print, audio, video, software, website and database content. Clients benefit from our counsel on copyright protection strategies, ownership, licensing of music and other protected content, royalties, rights clearance, and the fair use of copyright.
Trade Secrets and Confidential Information
The attorneys at Miller Nash Graham & Dunn counsel clients regarding confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements, the protection of trade secrets, and agreements with employees, contractors, and others to preserve and protect proprietary information.
We assist our clients in protecting their intellectual property rights by prosecuting infringement claims when their rights are infringed and defending claims when they are challenged. When appropriate, our attorneys work with clients to develop alternative strategies to litigation, including alternative dispute resolution, structuring strategic and beneficial settlements, and engaging in administrative proceedings with bodies such as the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and arbitration forums that decide domain-name disputes under the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP).
The firm provides advice and guidance in a rapidly changing legal environment in which traditional trademark and copyright principles are being stretched and challenged by the realities of digital technology. Clients depend on us to help them navigate issues in cyberspace, including the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), online advertising, the right of publicity, and the growing world of social media. We counsel clients in the selection, registration, protection, transfer, and acquisition of that all-important intellectual property asset: the domain name. We provide advice and assistance in preparing website terms, policies, and design, development, and hosting agreements.
Licensing and Publishing Agreements
The commercialization of intellectual property rights through licensing is an important part of our work. Our team prepares license agreements for all types of intellectual property and provides strategic and tactical advice in license negotiations. We also review and negotiate publishing contracts for literary and artistic works, musical works, and video games.
Promotional Contests and Sweepstakes
Our clients rely on us to help them do promotional contests right. We draft rules from scratch or edit and revise existing rules for consistency and compliance with all applicable laws. We advise our clients on correctly and safely structuring contests, sweepstakes, and similar promotions, and keep them aware of the legal dos and don’ts of contests of chance or skill as well as giveaways and other promotional events.