Los Angeles Patent, IP, and Copyright Lawyers
Need help with a patent infringement case, securing your company’s intellectual property, or filing a copyright claim? If so, Buche & Associates P.C. can help you.
Our law firm specializes in business and civil litigation, including filing and litigating patent claims, as well as working to license, secure, or sell intellectual property. We also work with clients who have been accused of patent infringement and those who need to sue another company or individual for engaging in infringing activity involving patents, trademarks or copyrights.
If you’re looking for a Los Angeles intellectual property attorney or a lawyer experienced in business-related litigation, schedule a free consultation today.
IP Attorneys in Los Angeles
Your intellectual property is one of your company’s most important assets. It’s important to secure any IP your company has so that it can’t be used by other companies, which is especially important for brand-related IP. The last thing you need is another company swooping in to steal brand-related IP after you’ve spent a large amount of time building your company’s reputation.
When you need help securing, litigating, licensing, or selling your company’s intellectual property, Buche & Associates P.C. has an experienced lawyer ready to help. We’ve been practicing IP law for more than 20 years, and a majority of our casework involves intellectual property cases. Our Los Angeles IP attorneys handle cases for businesses of any size. We’ve worked with small companies, Fortune 500 companies, and companies of all sizes in between.
Our lawyers have also had experience working with companies in a wide range of industries, including but not limited to:
- College team logos
- Beverage distribution
- Golf club brands
- Footwear brands
- Graphic artwork
- High-end medical equipment
- Hotel franchise licenses
- Material handling products
- Merchandising for popular comic characters
- Musical works
- Power tools
- Video games
In addition to helping you license and secure intellectual property, we can help you sell IP when needed — and make sure you get a fair deal. Ultimately, when it comes to intellectual property, it’s our job to make sure your company’s assets are properly protected.
If you need help licensing, securing, or selling intellectual property, contact Buche & Associates P.C. for a free consultation.
Los Angeles Patent Attorneys
If you’ve been accused of patent infringement, it’s important that you contact a Los Angeles patent attorney to assess the best way to handle the matter. You shouldn’t take allegations like these lightly because they can really damage your company’s bottom line and reputation if left unchecked.
To protect your company, it’s important to speak to a Los Angeles patent attorney as soon as you’re aware of the accusations—or on the other side, as soon as you become aware of infringements. Also, it’s important to remember that patent infringement cases are heard in federal court, so you need a lawyer who is properly licensed and qualified by way of experience. At Buche & Associates P.C., our lawyers are able to practice throughout Texas and California. Our lawyers are also collectively licensed to practice in federal district courts, appellate courts, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the corresponding Trademark Trial & Appeal Board (“TTAB”) and Patent Trial & Appeal Board (“PTAB”).
In addition to helping business owners who have been accused of patent, trademark or copyright infringement, we can help you file an infringement case against someone who is stealing your intellectual property. Our lawyers will fight aggressively to help you protect what’s rightfully yours.
If you need to inquire about a possible patent infringement, trademark infringement, or copyright infringement case, contact Buche & Associates P.C. for a free consultation.
The Patent Infringement Litigation Process
Patent infringement cases can be complex. The complexity of these cases can make you realize quickly how important it is to hire an experienced Los Angeles patent attorney to help you argue your case.
After initial pleadings, venue challenges, protective orders, and motions to dismiss may be heard, the parties and court will start to focus on what is known as claim construction. This is the process by which the court reviews the language in the patent claims to define the possible scope of protection. When trying to determine the possible scope of claims, the court hears usually arguments from both parties, looks at the file histories of the patents in question, and may entertain experts to help them decipher portions of the claim. When the court’s assessment of the claims has been done, it will issue a Markman order, or claim construction order. In some cases, this can have a drastic bearing on whether a case continues.
However, after claim construction, if the parties do not settle, or if a summary judgment does not follow that ends the case, the litigants will often proceed into assessments of liability for patent infringement and damages. During this phase, patent litigators collect as much evidence as possible to prove or disprove the patent infringement allegations. The plaintiff will try to prove the defendant’s products or services have all the features in their patent claims. During this discovery phase, parties will take depositions, issue document requests and/or subpoenas, interview witnesses, study products, and sometimes hire specialized experts to digest the technology to show the infringement.
After we build a solid case, it’s time for our patent lawyers to argue your case in court. The court hears argument from both parties to determine whether patent infringement has occurred and if it has, whether there are damages, and whether it was intentional. However, there are certain circumstances in which the court may choose to separate the Damages and Liability phases.
In most cases, someone who’s found liable of patent infringement may be ordered to stop an infringing activity, or to pay some amount of damages, which is usually in the form of “lost profits” or a “reasonable royalty.” Before the court or jury determines the amount of damages awarded, however, both parties will normally have the opportunity to bring in economists and forensic accountants to argue what they believe is fair.
If it’s determined by the court that the accused willfully engaged in patent infringing activity, enhanced damages may also be ordered.
Contact Los Angeles Intellectual Property Attorneys
If you need help with a patent infringement case, schedule a free consultation today.
What our Clients have to say...
I spoke with John and two of his attorneys about a the potential for patenting a bicycle braking apparatus. He was very knowledgeable and generous with his and his teams time. It turned out that the apparatus was not patentable but had it been we would have strongly considered Buche & Associates.MB S3/07/2014
John and the associates at his firm have done some fantastic trademark and other intellectual property work for my business startup. His legal advice has been invaluable and I can't recommend his services enough.Jim B4/01/2014