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Copyrights, Trademarks And Trade Secrets

Just as the law protects personal property and real estate, so too does it protect creations of the mind. Inventions, designs, artistic works, and symbols and names used in commerce are examples of intangible assets that are protected as intellectual property under the American legal system.

At Collis & Griffor, PC, our intellectual property attorneys help protect and enforce the rights of copyright, trademark and trade secret owners in Ann Arbor and throughout the greater Michigan area. For over 30 years, we have helped entrepreneurs develop creative works and profit from their works while guarding against misappropriation by others.

Don't Let Your Hard Work Go Unrewarded

Protecting your intellectual property rights can be a difficult and confusing process. The law is highly complex, the bureaucracy behind each is convoluted and those who misappropriate your works are often unscrupulous and hard to find. With our experience, we can protect your rights and take steps to safeguard the fruits of your labor.

The rights and protections for owners of intellectual property are based on federal patent, trademark and copyright laws and state trade secret laws. We have the experience and know-how to help you with all aspects of intellectual property law, including:

  • Copyrights — Copyright is a statutory property right which grants to creators (authors) certain exclusive rights in their creations for a limited duration. A copyright protects intangible works of authorship that are fixed in a tangible medium of expression.
  • Trademarks — A trademark is a word, phrase, name, symbol, design, product shape or logo used by a merchant or manufacturer to identify and distinguish its goods or services from those of another merchant or manufacturer.
  • Trade Secrets — A trade secret is generally defined as valuable business information that is not generally known to others and which provides the business with a competitive edge over others in its industry.
  • Patents — A patent is a legal right granted the inventor of a process, machine or item that is new, useful and non-obvious. A person who holds a patent has the right to exclude others from using the item covered by the patent.

Complex Cases — Comprehensive Legal Support

Intellectual property cases are often very complex. At Collis & Griffor, PC, we make it a priority to help clients informed and educated — it is important to us that you understand what is happening in your case every step of the way from the initial letters and negotiations, to pleadings, and through discovery and trial if necessary.

Trademarks, trade secrets and copyrights constitute the basis on which the underlying intellectual property may be protected in law. A great degree of skill must be exercised in drafting the documents and following the procedures necessary for obtaining this protection. By relying on an attorney in the field who has good standing and recognized ability in his profession, the inventor or artist can be assured that his or her intellectual property will be adequately protected.

Collis & Griffor, PC are your experienced intellectual property attorneys. We advise and represent clients in Ann Arbor and throughout southern Michigan. To find out more, call us today at 734-707-9408 or contact us online to set up an appointment for a free consultation.

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