IP - Trademark Law

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PROFESSIONAL LEGAL SERVICE -The hallmark of our practice is professional service. We work closely with our clients to protect their interests. STEVEN IVY P.C. is counseling clients in several Illinois counties, including: Cook County, Lake County, DuPage County, Kane County, DeKalb County, Will County, McHenry County and Kendall County. Our clients can meet with us in eight Illinois locations, including: Chicago, Lisle, Northbrook, Oak Brook, Rosemont, Saint Charles, Schaumburg, and…

PROFESSIONAL LEGAL SERVICE -The hallmark of our practice is professional service. We work closely with our clients to protect their interests. STEVEN IVY P.C. is counseling clients in several Illinois counties, including: Cook County, Lake County, DuPage County, Kane County, DeKalb County, Will County, McHenry County and Kendall County. Our clients can meet with us in eight Illinois locations, including: Chicago, Lisle, Northbrook, Oak Brook, Rosemont, Saint Charles, Schaumburg, and…

TRADEMARK PRACTICE -- A trademark can be a word, phrase, symbol or design, or a combination of words, phrases, symbols or designs, that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others. STEVEN IVY P.C. specializes in trademark procurements. In addition, our law firm handles a wide range of other intellectual property issues, such as patents, copyrights, trade secrets and post-grant reviews.

TRADEMARK PRACTICE -- A trademark can be a word, phrase, symbol or design, or a combination of words, phrases, symbols or designs, that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others. STEVEN IVY P.C. specializes in trademark procurements. In addition, our law firm handles a wide range of other intellectual property issues, such as patents, copyrights, trade secrets and post-grant reviews.

TRADEMARKS vs. PATENTS --- Inventors obtain patents to prevent others from using, or commercially exploiting, their invention. The main focus is on prevention of unauthorized practical application of the newly developed technology. Trademarks, on the other hand, are not concerned with how a new technology is used. Rather, they protect names and logos of products and services, used to identify the source of goods or services and distinguish them from the competition.

TRADEMARKS vs. PATENTS --- Inventors obtain patents to prevent others from using, or commercially exploiting, their invention. The main focus is on prevention of unauthorized practical application of the newly developed technology. Trademarks, on the other hand, are not concerned with how a new technology is used. Rather, they protect names and logos of products and services, used to identify the source of goods or services and distinguish them from the competition.

USING TRADEMARK SYMBOLS -- Once your trademark is registered, you may start using the ® symbol. There is no legal requirement that the ® be used, but the failure to use it may limit the amount of damages that the trademark owner can recover in an infringement lawsuit. If your trademark hasn’t been registered, you may use the TM or SM symbol. The TM and SM have no legal significance other than to indicate the fact that the owner is claiming trademark rights.

USING TRADEMARK SYMBOLS -- Once your trademark is registered, you may start using the ® symbol. There is no legal requirement that the ® be used, but the failure to use it may limit the amount of damages that the trademark owner can recover in an infringement lawsuit. If your trademark hasn’t been registered, you may use the TM or SM symbol. The TM and SM have no legal significance other than to indicate the fact that the owner is claiming trademark rights.

BENEFITS OF TRADEMARKS -- Trademarks rights are limited to two categories: goods and services. Goods and services, in turn, are divided into trademark classes. If you are applying for a trademark, you must define which specific class of goods or services your product fits into. Typically, to obtain a trademark you must be the first person to use such a mark in your class. This trademark will give you the right to prevent others, in the same class, from using the same (or similar) trademark.

BENEFITS OF TRADEMARKS -- Trademarks rights are limited to two categories: goods and services. Goods and services, in turn, are divided into trademark classes. If you are applying for a trademark, you must define which specific class of goods or services your product fits into. Typically, to obtain a trademark you must be the first person to use such a mark in your class. This trademark will give you the right to prevent others, in the same class, from using the same (or similar) trademark.


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THEFT OF TRADE SECRETS -- Although unregistered, trade secrets protect valuable information, theft of which constitute a crime under both federal and state laws. In Illinois the trade secret issues addressing improper means and misappropriation are codified in the Illinois Trade Secrets Act. The most significant federal law dealing with trade secret theft is the Economic Espionage Act of 1996. The act provides for severe penalties including fines up to $5 million AND 10 years in jail.

THEFT OF TRADE SECRETS -- Although unregistered, trade secrets protect valuable information, theft of which constitute a crime under both federal and state laws. In Illinois the trade secret issues addressing improper means and misappropriation are codified in the Illinois Trade Secrets Act. The most significant federal law dealing with trade secret theft is the Economic Espionage Act of 1996. The act provides for severe penalties including fines up to $5 million AND 10 years in jail.

TRADE SECRETS -- ​A trade secret may consist of any invention, from formula, physical device to a unique process. It could belong to a large corporation or to an individual. Trade secrets are not registered with the government, they simply represent information that owners desire to keep confidential. Consequently, unlike other forms of intellectual property such as patents, copyrights and trademarks, trade secret is a self-implemented intellectual property protection.

TRADE SECRETS -- ​A trade secret may consist of any invention, from formula, physical device to a unique process. It could belong to a large corporation or to an individual. Trade secrets are not registered with the government, they simply represent information that owners desire to keep confidential. Consequently, unlike other forms of intellectual property such as patents, copyrights and trademarks, trade secret is a self-implemented intellectual property protection.

TRADE SECRETS LITIGATION -- STEVEN IVY P.C. is always ready to protect our clients' trade secrets or respond to challenges and accusations posed by their competitors. We understand the limitations of the law and the complexity of trade secret litigation. If the circumstances dictate an immediate action, our team can obtain ex parte and preliminary injunctions to stem the outflow of secret information. If necessary, we will engage in vigorous litigation to preserve our clients' trade secrets.

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COPYRIGHT LIMITS -- Several categories of material are generally not eligible for federal copyright protection. These include among others: works that have not been fixed in a tangible form of expression, titles, names, short phrases, and slogans; familiar symbols or designs, mere variations of typographic ornamentation, lettering, or coloring, mere listings of ingredients or contents, ideas, procedures, methods, systems, processes, concepts, principles, discoveries...AND MORE

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