At Master Key IP, our primary focus is on identifying, protecting and monetizing intellectual property rights, which typically involves the areas of patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and related agreements.
The fact that you're on our website means that you understand and appreciate the significant value that properly protected intellectual property can add to your business (regardless of your company's size). However, it's worth noting that every business has intellectual property needs. Even if your business doesn't have any unique/proprietary technology, or creative expressions worth protecting, or even valuable trade secret information, your business at least has a name. And even if you have no desire to strengthen your rights in your business name by seeking a state or federal trademark registration, you should still determine whether anyone else is already using the same or a confusingly similar name before you go to market. In other words, even if you don't want to spend the time or money protecting your company's intellectual property assets, you should at least take the time to better ensure that you have "freedom to operate," so that you don't get hit with any surprise "cease & desist" letters after you go to market.
More often than not, your business could benefit from more than one form of intellectual property protection. As such, we work with our clients to identify potential "multi-layer" strategies that protect inventive concepts under patent law, protect any creative expressions associated with those concepts under copyright law, and protect any associated source identifiers they might use in the market under trademark law. Additionally, if a client has any confidential, proprietary information, we help develop trade secret protection protocols to better maintain the secrecy of that information. Underlying all of those potential protection strategies are the written agreements necessary to not only ensure that your company's information remains confidential, but also that you or your company will legally own any intellectual property you may ultimately try to protect. We are highly skilled and experienced in assisting clients with the gamut of intellectual property-related agreements, including but not limited to non-disclosure, licensing, assignment, joint development, etc.
For more information about any of the services that we offer, please use the menu on the left to navigate accordingly. We have also created an "Intellectual Property Checklist" which you may download here. The checklist provides a series of questions intended to help identify potential intellectual property issues related to your business. Given that many of these issues are time-sensitive, it is important to consider your various options sooner rather than later, as time is often of the essence.
If you're not sure where to start, we're happy to help you figure it out, and so we invite you to call 888-789-5789 or email us to schedule your FREE initial consultation.