Intellectual property (IP) is a broad term that describes creative works such as inventions, art, music, and literature as well as the symbols, names and images used by businesses in commerce. At Scott M. Haapala PLLC, I am an experienced intellectual property attorney who helps clients in the Seattle area and throughout Washington secure and protect the value of their creations through patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secret protections. I also handle IP infringement actions, whether your rights are being infringed or you are accused of being the infringing party. I understand the complexities of these cases and draw on extensive knowledge of IP law to represent your rights effectively.
You have an exclusive right to the work you produce when you put it into a tangible form, such as a book, photograph, musical composition, computer program or movie. Your work automatically gains federal copyright protection upon production. I can help you register your work with the U.S. Copyright Office to protect it from unauthorized use, reproduction or distribution and bring legal actions against those who violate your copyright protection.
A trademark protects your commercial branding, logo, picture or design from use by others. Even use of a confusingly similar look, name or logo can constitute trademark infringement, when another entity tries to benefit from your IP and, in doing so, decrease its value to you. I can file your trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. If infringement occurs, an injunction can be filed to stop further use and the infringer can be sued for damages.
A formula, recipe, method, process or plan distinctive to your business constitutes a trade secret. Trade secrets are intrinsic to the success of your company and give you a competitive edge. When these unique functions are revealed, your company’s value is compromised. I can help you protect your business through detailed nondisclosure agreements and by assisting with sound employment protocols. If an employee or outside party discloses protected information, I will work to minimize damage to your company and pursue your legal remedies.
To ensure you receive the full value of your intellectual property, Scott M. Haapala PLLC will take action to preserve your rights to your creations through copyrights, trademarks, and other protections. Call me at 206-240-0442 or contact me online to schedule a consultation.