Intellectual Property and Technology Law Firm in Houston
TRUSTED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ADVISORS FOR FOUR DECADES
Our intellectual property and technology law firm focuses on patents, trademarks, domain names, internet law, technology law, right of publicity, copyrights, trade secrets and anti-counterfeiting through both counsel and litigation. Based in Houston and Austin Texas, our attorneys routinely arrange early case assessment, early mediation and early settlement to minimize expense. Although we handle patent litigation, patent licensing and transactions, we do not include patent prosecution in our practice to enable us to focus on trademarks, domain names, right of publicity, trade secrets and anti-counterfeiting.
Our lead intellectual property attorneys have served as lead counsel in trademark, copyright, trade secret, patent infringement and branding counseling and litigation practices for many years. With a background in business and government sectors, our intellectual property law firm knows firsthand the value of a company brand and company patent property. Our goal is not just to protect your investments in brands and innovations, but to find innovative and effective ways to maximize, protect and defend that investment. Our strategic approach includes:
- Business perspective in the formation, implementation and enforcement of a client’s intellectual property strategy
- A multidisciplinary approach to client service, which enables us to work closely with our corporate, transactional and financial restructuring practices
- A strong focus on building a comprehensive cross-border practice, including Canada, Mexico, China and Taiwan
- A keen understanding of the business needs of clients, the value of innovation and the role of innovators as business leaders
YOUR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CAN BE YOUR MOST VALUABLE ASSET
Hoover Slovacek of Houston, Texas employs a holistic approach to assisting clients, taking into account their short- and long-term business and financial objectives, as well as their unique industry, infrastructure and regulatory considerations. We work with our clients to identify and maximize potential financial and growth opportunities from their intellectual property assets, conducting a global assessment to devise the best plan for managing and protecting investments.
EXPERIENCE IN SELECTING, CLEARING AND REGISTERING TRADEMARKS AND SERVICE MARKS
We manage large trademark portfolios for well-known corporations, and help emerging companies develop unique and protectable trademarks. Knowing that brand protection involves much more than just trademark registration, we work with our clients from the beginning of the branding process to register and protect marks, and to ensure our clients establish their brands as revenue-generating assets that increase in value and add to their bottom line.
We routinely advise clients in trademark, copyright and related matters and have a proven litigation record in the area of trademark, domain name and copyright law. Our technology and intellectual property Houston law firm represents corporations, institutions, emerging businesses and individuals, helping clients to devise strategies to protect and maximize the value of their copyrighted works and advise on the legal and technical issues involved in creating, distributing or using all manner of original content, devices and systems.
We have extensive experience in all aspects of sophisticated and complex IP strategy, including:
- Comprehensive management of large trademark portfolios
- Procurement, protection and defense of copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets, and the rendering of opinions and advice regarding infringement and ownership issues
- Design and implementation of trademark and domain watch services to give clients notice of piracy situations online and in traditional outlets
- Design and implementation of strategies for developing, managing and exploiting IP portfolios
- Design and implementation of strategies for stopping counterfeiting online and in retail outlets in various industries including luxury merchandise, publications and DVDs
- Negotiating technology and IP licensing transactions and a wide variety of other types of agreements
- Implementing internal due diligence, compliance and training programs
EXPERIENCE IN SELECTING, CLEARING AND REGISTERING TRADEMARKS AND SERVICE MARKS
Our attorneys have extensive experience in clearing proposed trademarks and service marks through searches and attorney opinions. The main focus of our attorney opinions, whenever feasible, is to tell a client what the business risks are if the client begins commercial use of the trademark in the marketplace. The secondary focus of our attorney opinions is to tell the client the probability of being successful in obtaining allowance of a trademark application before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and whether another party is likely to oppose the registration during the public opposition period.
At the registration stage, our attorneys have registered 100’s of trademarks for clients including, where necessary, by administrative appeal to the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. If a member of the public files an administrative opposition during the opposition period to registration of a client’s trademark, our attorneys have the experience using litigation skills and procedures to defend against the opposition through the discovery period and trial to a final decision. Also, if a client’s trademark becomes registered and a member of the public files an administration cancellation action, our attorneys have the experience as well to defend the action through discovery and trial to a final decision.
LITIGATION AND ENFORCEMENT EXPERIENCE
At Hoover Slovacek, we are prepared to vigorously defend or enforce our clients’ intellectual property rights should the need arise. We will communicate and collaborate with our clients every step of the way to ensure expectations are clear and the process is as smooth and painless as possible.
We are skilled in litigation involving patents under the Patent Act, trademarks under the Lanham Act, copyrights, domain and trade secrets across all industries, including software, telecommunications, environmental, oil field services, and construction. This experience enables us to hone litigation skills necessary for handling intellectual property litigation efficiently, including the presentation of complex technical issues to juries, mastery of cutting-edge demonstrative evidence techniques, the ability to prepare and use expert testimony in the most credible and effective manner, and the ability to obtain a verdict that will be affirmed on appeal or preserve error that can then be raised on appeal.
We assemble custom trial teams directly suited to the client’s business and industry, the dispute at issue and the opposing trial team.
We are also skilled in recovering domain names that are identical to or confusingly similar to a client’s trademark. Our attorneys have recovered over 100 domain names though either arbitration online under the ICANN Uniform Domain Name Resolution Policy (UDRP) or court actions under the Anti-cybersquatting-Consumer Protection Act (ACPA). The ACPA is a federal law that gives trademark and service mark owners legal remedies against defendants who obtain domain names “in bad faith” that are identical or confusingly similar to a trademark or service mark (whether registered or not).
Hoover Slovacek LLP’s intellectual property and technology attorneys
STRATEGIC SOLUTIONS FOR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CONCERNS IN TEXAS SINCE 1969
For more than 40 years, individuals, investors, businesses, community groups, management companies and financial institutions have trusted the intellectual property attorneys at Hoover Slovacek for practical, cost-effective representation. Contact our Austin and Houston law firm online or by calling (713) 977-8686 to discuss how the firm might benefit you.