Top 5% of Intellectual Property Lawyers in San Francisco, CA

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Joshua Garber Intellectual Property Lawyer for San Francisco, CA

Representing notable clients like Tesla and the City of Los Angeles, Josh Garber excels at helping clients with employment and labor laws. Many of his past clients have had great success using Josh for employment agreements and Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) hearings. With his practical advice, he has even helped clients avoid going to court.
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Seth Wiener Intellectual Property Lawyer for San Francisco, CA

As an experienced trial lawyer and litigator, Seth Wiener has resolved numerous federal and state litigations. His cases have included everything from family law to bankruptcy to fraud and more. Before Seth formed his own firm, the Law Office of Seth W. Wiener, he worked for several prominent law offices where he gained a great deal of experience.
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Francesco Barbera Intellectual Property Lawyer for San Francisco, CA

Francesco is a corporate attorney representing emerging growth corporations in diverse industries, including software, fashion, health care, retail, and e-commerce. He counsels entrepreneurs, investors, and established companies on the full range of their business activities from formation to acquisition. He is an expert in representing mission-driven organizations and social enterprises.

Donald Wenskay Intellectual Property Lawyer for San Francisco, CA

Protecting your company’s assets is important and attorney Donald Wenskay can help you. As an experienced patent attorney with over 21 years of experience, Mr. Wenskay is able to help you navigate through the paperwork and legal woes related to all copyrights, trademarks, and patents. His experience specifically lies within the areas of medical devices, computer hardware, software, optics, media, and the Internet.

Brandon Zapf Intellectual Property Lawyer for San Francisco, CA

We are, first and foremost, caring individuals. We will listen to your needs and make sure you are taken care of. We are also highly trained, incredibly experienced profess... read more
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Anne Kearns Intellectual Property Lawyer for San Francisco, CA

With over 20 years worth of experience, Anne Kearns is a well-equipped Attorney. She represents and counsels businesses, as well as individuals. Previously, she has handled many cases involving mediation and trials. Her main focus areas include litigation, intellectual property clearance, registration and enforcement, negotiating and enforcing contracts, among other things. In 1994, she was admitted and she graduated from Catholic U Columbus Law School.

David Beser Intellectual Property Lawyer for San Francisco, CA

David Beser has represented a number of tech and web-based startups advising them on issues regarding venture capital infusion, marketing, strategic mergers, investor agreements, and board member appointments. He also has significant experience in national and international franchises. Mr. Beser consistently manages corporate governance with all his clients.

Mike Geroe Intellectual Property Lawyer for San Francisco, CA

I have been advising clients on commercial transactions, data privacy, dispute resolution, employment law, IP, regulatory and other matters for over 20 years. I am a member... read more

Brandon Schantz Intellectual Property Lawyer for San Francisco, CA

Brandon Schantz started out as a Summer Associate for Jones Day Law Practice. Since then, he has worked for many different companies including Soriano Law, as well as The State Bar of California. Currently, he is the Owner of The CalBarCoach and an Attorney and Counselor at Law with Schantz Law Firm. Brandon handles matters in Business Litigation, as well as Corporate, Transactional and Real Estate. Schantz appeared on the Dean's List when graduating with his J.D. from The Golden Gate University.
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Our San Francisco intellectual property attorneys & lawyers can help you secure and protect your company-s intellectual property. Whether you are an entrepreneur, artist, author, engineer, manager, or individual - the IP attorneys on UpCounsel have you covered.

There are four common areas of intellectual property, which all protect different things such as: copyrights, trademarks, patents, and trade secrets. Additionally, licensing is a popular enough specialization of IP that warrants mentioning.

Our San Francisco IP attorneys that specialize in licensing can help you draft contracts that grant permission to another party to do something with an otherwise protected work or product. A license can grant the right to reproduce the work by: distributed copy of the work to others by rental, sale, or lease, or preparing derivative works using protected expression from the original work, and/or displaying the work.

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  • Copyrights - rights granted to authors for tangible expressions of ideas (art, literature, music, software code, architectural plans).

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Likelihood of confusion factors are the legal standards used to determine whether trademark infringement has occurred. The factors are also used as one of several tests conducted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to determine whether a trademark application is approved.

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Suggestive Trademark

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What is a Suggestive Trademark?

A suggestive trademark is a distinctive, but not descriptive, mark which does not describe a product, but suggests or references it, requiring consumers to exercise imagination to connect the mark with the product.

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International Patent Application

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What Are International Patent Applications?

International patent applications, called a PCT application, is part of how to patent an idea and is the first step in letting you get exclusive rights to your inventions in countries around the world. These patents offer more protection than a patent in the United States alone. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) administers the PCT. This patent application gives you protection for inventions in over 150 nations around the globe.

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