HAIP also regularly files a large volume of patent applications that come from countries around the world. We handle work from the US, Canada, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. We can also handle international filings liaise with local counsel in any jurisdiction and manage our clients’ international patent.
Much of our work involves highly complex technical subject matter, including energy, chemistry, medical devices, power generation, biotechnology, semi-conductor manufacturing, computer science, automotive technologies, and communication systems.
HAIP recommends conducting a trademark availability search prior to filing an application for trademarks to determine whether the proposed mark is available for the client’s use and registration.
We analyze the results and provides our clients with an availability opinion. If a mark is determined to be available, preparation and filing of an application for registration typically follows. We monitor and prepare responses, and upon registration, meets the necessary documents to the Trademark office. HAIP works closely with our clients to develop trademark protection strategies, manage trademark portfolios, and maintain registrations. We report on the status of the client’s registered and pending marks before the various trademark offices throughout the world are regularly reviewed and periodically forwarded to the client.
HAIP has an extensive litigation practice for the enforcement and protection of trademark rights. We represent our clients in a full range of opposition and cancellation proceeding in the court.
Most importantly, HAIP also maintains close ties to a worldwide network of trademark law firms across the US, Canada, Europe, Asia and Middle East to facilitate international registration for our clients.
HAIP represents individuals and companies that create, own, and manages social networks, interactive and computer programs, music, films, among many others.
We are experts in copyright analysis and registration. HAIP advises its clients in a wide range of matters, including copyright registration and enforcement, and copyright licenses and agreements.
A plant variety is defined as a plant group within a single botanical taxon of the lowest rank. If you are a person who breeds plants, and has discovered and developed a new plant variety, you are called a "breeder" and you can seek protection for your new plant varieties by applying for a Grant of Protection for a Plant Variety.
The grant of protection can last for 25 years (as long as you pay an annual fee) and the plant variety is your personal property.
By registering, you have the exclusive right to produce for sale and sell propagating material of the variety and prevent others from using your plant variety without your permission. You will also be able to license the right to another party, collect royalties and commercially produce the variety.
A design refers to the features of a shape, configuration, pattern or ornament applied to an article by any industrial process. If you register a design, you will be protecting the external appearance of the article. Registered Designs are used primarily to protect designs for industrial use.
By registering a design, you obtain a right to ownership and the right to prevent others from using the design without your permission. You can exploit your design in many ways. You may use it to better protect your market share by barring copying by others, license it to third parties for commercial returns or sell the design for a sum of money.
We helped register and enforce designs of a Japanese motorcycle. The design was being infringed by a competitor. The enforcement action included an investigation, purchase and helping the Police identify the motorcycles parts. A total of 2,000 motorcycles were seized and a settlement was awarded to clients.
We also advised on unfair competition of a European electrical appliance company. The designs were registered and the enforcement action was taken against the infringer.
The firms Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) unit is the convergence of the Engineering, Intellectual Property (Legal) Protection and the Business Aspects of a company. Engineers will often come up with new products simply through discussion of what is needed by the market and seen by the business side in an IAM.
It takes into account the needs of the market and how a fit between products, services and processes can enhance businesses.
Intellectual Property (IP) Audit helps organizations identify the types of IP they may have, the best way to protect and commercialize such information. This could be a process or possible products; and the best way to utilize and enhance value for a company in the future.
During the IP lifecycle some products may see and end of their patent protection but can be protected through the continuous renewal of the trademark protection. For other technologies or products, the IP may be better off being sold off or commercialized by another entity that sees more value. This can happen when certain IP no longer relate to the core business of the company.