When intellectual property is the primary asset for your business you need technology attorneys who understand how to blend legal and business strategies so that your best interests are always served and your business prospers. Unfortunately, almost all successful technology or IP-related companies also need attorneys who are able to successfully prosecute claims through litigation and other means when intellectual property assets are being challenged.
At the law firm of Shumway Van we represent technology companies and other owners of intellectual property at every stage of business from start-up through seed, angel, and venture capital financings to initial public offering. As an owner of intellectual property you represent one of the fastest-growing sectors of a world economy. As lawyers who represent businesses and the business interests of individuals, we understand your unique needs and objectives related to intellectual property and business strategy generally.
Founders, inventors, investors, and management teams choose our law firm because of our knowledge of the venture capital and finance markets, the passion our IP lawyers have for the technology sector, and our law firm’s track record in structuring and negotiating successful and viable transactions. Our lawyers know technology and know business and that makes our law firm a good partner for any business to have.
At Shumway Van our lawyers regularly represent clients in contract negotiations. With respect to technology transactions the representation often involves IP licensing rights related to a myriad of issues common in local and national economies. From drafting software, technology or other such intellectual property licenses, to negotiating agreements that help the owner of the intellectual property to extract significant value from the asset, our technology attorneys provide clients with substantive expertise to help meet their immediate business objectives and to anticipate broader enforcement and related issues.
A trademark is a name used to recognize services or products and to identify such as being distinct from the services and products of others. When creating trademarks we recommend that clients pick a mark which is distinct and which will not trigger confusion about the source of the product or service. Oftentimes, however, clients have marks that are similar enough to trigger claims so we address those issues as they arise. Because it is also essential for each client to prevent others from using confusingly similar marks in order to maintain the trademark, our attorneys often find themselves delivering demands to potential infringers requesting that they stop using their mark. Shumway Van can help you reduce risk in adopting new trademarks and help you shield the useful trademarks that you have actually chosen, adopted or utilized.
Generally, an author invests much effort and time in developing original writings, songs, artworks or other productions. A copyright is a means by which an author obtains the right to prevent others from copying his or her works. Copyrights can likewise offer a valuable defense against claims that an author’s works are not original or unique. The intellectual property attorneys of Shumway Van can safeguard your rights to your works and make sure that you are effectively compensated for your efforts should anyone infringe upon your copyrighted materials.
The substantial majority of confidential business information is not patentable and is therefore very difficult to protect most of the time. Because this is the case, it is important to know the laws surrounding trade secrets and to implement strategies to protect such in order to maintain a business’ competitive advantage. The law of proprietary knowledge can secures this confidential information from being made use of or revealed by others if a contract is carefully drafted. The attorneys in the IP Practice Group at our law firm can assist you secure your rights and prevent wrongful use of your confidential information by others. Shumway Van can provide you with advice about the best way to protect your trade secrets and keep your competitive advantage alive.
Our intellectual property attorneys have significant experience with:
- Negotiating and drafting complex agreements to obtain, protect, commercialize, and license technology and computer-related intellectual property rights.
- Negotiating and drafting complex copyright development, transfer, and licensing agreements.
- Drafting online and electronic commerce contracts, disclaimers, legends, and privacy policies.
- Drafting and negotiating computer software and hardware licenses and transfers.
- Trademark Litigation
- Trade Dress Litigation
- False Advertising Litigation
- Unfair Competition Litigation
- Lanham Act Litigation
- Domain Name Litigation
- Right of Publicity Litigation
- Advertising Litigation
- Trademark Cancellations
- Trademark Oppositions
Media & Entertainment
Shumway Van is one of just a few law firms with more than one Utah lawyer practicing in its media and entertainment practice group. The lawyers serving in our Media and Entertainment Practice Group assist clients with the complex and rapidly altering legal issues surrounding the media and the sports and entertainment industries. Each of our lawyers and para-professional staff provide sophisticated services to businesses, artists, investors, lenders and others that participate in media or entertainment related transactions.
Our Media and Entertainment Practice Group consists of lawyers that provide the type of specialized and responsive service that clients would expect from a boutique entertainment law firm; however, because of the strength of our other practice groups, our Media and Entertainment Practice Group lawyers are able draw upon a plethora of in-house legal specialties. As a result, our clients receive a comprehensive strategy that is aligned with their specific goals.
From protection and prosecution of rights and claims, to intricate acquisitions and advanced financing transactions, our Media and Entertainment Practice Group’s lawyers have experience resolving a broad variety of legal obstacles.
Litigation: Our Media and Entertainment Practice Group lawyers provide a broad range of litigation services for media and entertainment clients, including, but not limited to, the following:
- Defense and prosecution of breach of contract claims.
- Defense and prosecution of copyright infringement claims.
- Defense and prosecution of trademark violation claims.
- Litigation of antitrust claims.
- Defense and prosecution of defamation claims.
- Litigation of royalty claims.
Business and Corporate Services: The lawyers in our Media and Entertainment Practice Group bring significant transactional experience to the representation of media and entertainment clients. This experience and depth of knowledge allows for each client to acquire the legal counsel and associated documentation that it needs in a timely manner and at a reasonable price. Our clients do not need representation from multiple law firms in order to obtain a comprehensive result and many believe that this level of service allows them to achieve more, more quickly, than its competitors.