Intellectual Property Attorneys in San Diego, CA
Buche & Associates, P.C. is based in San Diego and devotes a large part of our practice to protecting intellectual property rights. Our firm provides representation in the areas of intellectual property, trade secrets, trademarks, copyrights, patents, licensing, distribution agreements, domain names, litigation and contracts involving IP rights. We have more than 20 years of experience practicing in these areas of the law.
About Intellectual Property Law
Intellectual property law focuses on protecting legal rights associated with innovation. The field of intellectual property law covers a range of case law, rules and statutes that protect legal rights respecting artistic works, designs, inventions, brands, and other proprietary information. Many people are often familiar with parts of the part of the law that protects personal property, or land rights, but intellectual property can be an asset too, and can be equally valuable. Individuals or businesses frequently have a legal right to control—often exclusively intellectual property assets even though they are sometimes referred to as “intangible”. Intellectual Property is a term that can include patents, trademarks, copyright, and trade secrets. Patents cover inventions, manufactured designs, and plants. Trademarks speak to logos and packaging. Copyrights protects expression of ideas, and can include software, art, music, and creative works.
Buche & Associates, P.C. Specializes in Intellectual Property Law
Intellectual Property Attorneys in San Diego
Buche & Associates, P.C. has handled intellectual property law and related cases at all levels. We have represented individuals, small businesses, and large companies, helping to safeguard their legal rights. Our attorneys help clients acquire intellectual property rights, as well as protect, and enforce those IP rights. These intellectual property rights include patents, trademarks, and copyrights. We have helped clients secure and protect intellectual property rights in these and other fields:
- Automotive products
- Clothing and accessories
- College logos
- Beverage distribution
- Golf clubs
- Hotel franchise licensing
- Medical equipment
- Merchandise (i.e., for famous characters)
- Musical compositions
- Graphic arts and murals
- Video games and more
Just some of the patents and trademarks we have secured for our clients can be seen here.
It’s important to choose an IP attorney who has considerable experience with these types of cases. Our attorneys are experts in intellectual property and continue to stay up-to-date on laws that affect intellectual property law, trademarks, patents, copyrights, trade secrets, and other related fields.
Of course, there are other related areas of intellectual property law that we specialize in too. These include licensing, due diligence, mergers, acquisitions, and crafting protection strategies for both domestic and international intellectual property matters.
Protecting Intellectual Property Against Infringement
If you believe that someone is infringing on your intellectual property, we can help. If an individual or business entity is infringing as the intellectual property owner, you have rights and should take steps to stop the infringements. We will often begin the legal process by warning unauthorized users to cease infringing on your rights. In some instances, this may be all that is required. On the other hand, this warning also sets other aspects of the law into motion, particularly if you are entitled to injunctions or damages. In other instances, we may not provide any advance warning, and will simply proceed against infringers in a court, or other administrative setting most likely to yield a good result.
Enforcing Your Intellectual Property Rights
Buche & Associates, P.C. IP attorneys are highly experienced with enforcement of intellectual property rights. We can help you determine if your rights have been infringed, then help you to decide what the proper course of action should be to resolve the problem. The specific course of action will be highly dependent on the type of intellectual property right that needs to be enforced, as well as by the whereabouts, and financial solvency of the infringers. The range of options can include sending cease & desist letters; filing lawsuits; moving for seizures of infringing products; negotiating licenses or coexistence agreements.
We have worked to enforce intellectual property rights for over twenty years, and these have included patent, copyright, trade secret, unfair competition, and contract breach cases. We have filed these cases in state courts, federal courts, as well as in administrative settings across the country.
Patent, Trademark, and Copyright
Our attorneys specialize in intellectual property law, which includes patent, trademark, and copyright law. We assist our clients by filing U.S. national and foreign patent applications, copyright applications, and trademark applications. In addition to helping clients acquire these rights, we have experience defending our clients’ rights in both federal and state courts in matters of copyright, patent, and trademark infringement claims.
Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition
“Trade secrets” refers to a subset of intellectual property and a type of information that is valuable to a business, not known generally, and that a business takes reasonable steps to guard as a secret. Trade secrets can include secret customer lists, marketing plans, business methods, manufacturing processes, chemical formulations, secret recipes, etc. The law will protect “trade secrets” rights of a business under Federal Law and under most state laws. Importantly, the law of trade secrets can extend to protect ideas where no protection is available under the patent laws, or where the scope of available protection might be weak.
At Buche & Associates, P.C. we have been involved with trade secrets matters for over two decades, both from protecting them with contracts, such as nondisclosure agreements, and from litigating matters involving allegations of trade secret misappropriation. In other cases, we have been involved with licensing deals and sales of business that have included trade secrets as core business assets.
“Unfair Competition” is a broad term that refers to rights of litigants to protect themselves from business misconduct that the law regards as “unfair”. The term is often associated with claims for trademark infringement of unregistered trademarks, which are also known as common law trademarks. The term can extend to certain practices that are calculated to trade on the reputation of others, or to falsely advertise products and services in a way that creates an unfair competitive advantage. Unfair competition cases and statutes are evolving to cover a vast array of business conduct. “Unfair competition” is a term that identifies rights under both Federal and State laws. It is not uncommon to see an intellectual property lawsuit for trademark rights, that also adds claims for unfair competition under these state and federal laws.
At Buche & Associates, P.C. we have handled a wide variety of cases involving unfair competition claims. We have successfully litigated matters dealing with unfair trade practices, false advertising, trade secrets, non-competition agreements, domain name disputes, internet law, breach of licensing agreements, and other related matters. If you have a concern that involves trade secrets, unfair competition, or false advertising concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our attorneys for a complimentary initial consultation.
Domestic and Global Protection of Your Rights
Given today’s global economy, it’s essential to provide the best protection for your intellectual property—your patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights, and other assets that are crucial to your livelihood or business. Counterfeiting and other forms of intellectual property infringement have been steadily increasing around the world.
Buche & Associates, P.C. helps owners of intellectual property rights design and institute effective enforcement strategies in the U.S. and abroad. You deserve to have your property rights skillfully protected and defended—even in emerging markets. Our attorneys have experience in the fields of fashion, gaming, agriculture, software, manufacturing, and much more. We can put our experience to work for you too. Regardless of your industry, we can craft the right solutions for you to protect your intellectual property assets.
About Buche & Associates, P.C.
Buche & Associates, P.C. is based in San Diego, California, but we also have branches in Houston and Los Angeles. Our attorneys are carefully screened to ensure they meet our high standards of experience and expertise. Our firm specializes in various aspects of the law so we take care to ensure that each area is staffed with the best legal minds. If you would like to discuss a legal matter related to intellectual property, patents, trade secrets, or fair competition, please contact us to schedule your appointment.
The attorneys of Buche & Associates, P.C. are dedicated to providing unparalleled client service. We are responsive in our approach to communications and strive to charge predictable and reasonable fees. Do not hesitate to contact us for a complimentary initial consultation to see if we can help you with your intellectual property issues.