To Stay Competitive, Protect Your IP Interests
Competing effectively in a dynamic, tech-driven economy requires more than building the proverbial better mousetrap. As a business owner or manager, you know that successful competition also requires the ability to protect and defend your intellectual property interests. It's not enough just to have a trademark, patent, copyright or noncompete agreement. You must police it.
At Kerr, Hendershot & Cannon, P.C., we have the experience and depth of knowledge to help you create, implement and enforce the legal protections that your business needs. Our firm has a proven record of getting results for clients in IP disputes of all types, including confidentiality agreements, licensure agreements, noncompetes, trademarks and copyrights. We have been handling intellectual property litigation effectively for 25 years.
If your company is facing a dispute about intellectual property, it is important to be proactive in getting a lawyer to assert or defend your rights. Call 866-398-1856 or contact us online to set up a confidential consultation about your case. From our office in Houston, we serve clients throughout Texas.
How We Tackle IP Disputes
Our job is to take your difficulties and prepare them thoroughly and aggressively for litigation - whether that involves filing a lawsuit or defending you against one.
The specific issue may vary. It could involve ownership of intellectual property when a business dissolves. It could concern copyright infringement, theft of trade secrets or the enforcement of a noncompete agreement. No matter what the specific issue, however, our lawyers take the bull by the horns and proactively look for ways to protect our clients' best interests.
We are experienced at defending clients against patent infringement lawsuits by patent trolls. Our firm is familiar with new Supreme Court decisions regarding IP matters. We understand that the way to shut down a patent troll is through an aggressive defense, and we know how to use evolving law to obtain declaratory judgments in your favor.
Of course, the approach we take is always customized to the facts of each unique case and based on a keen understanding of the client's goals and a clear-sighted assessment of the legal landscape.
What Type of Property or Business Interest Do You Need to Protect?
Our firm has extensive experience helping clients resolve challenges and take advantage of opportunities concerning intellectual property. This includes:
- Ownership issues when a business is dissolved, sold or undergoes major changes: When business partners decide to reorganize, close or address major changes to their business and relationships, deciding who owns what can be contentious. Even if partners seek to part amicably, disagreements can easily arise. We can help you assert your right to your fair share of trademarks, copyrights, patents and other forms of intellectual property - even if your partners have tried to misappropriate them in some way.
- Copyright, trademark or patent infringement: The rise of the Internet has led to sharp increases in the number of disputes about unauthorized use of protected property. Our attorneys represent companies that include a vast spectrum of sizes and industries. We know how to prosecute or defend against a claim and to determine which remedies to seek in infringement cases, as well as what types of damage claims are warranted.
- Theft of trade secrets or proprietary information: The Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act protects information that gives one company a competitive advantage over another. We represent both defendants and plaintiffs in cases involving alleged theft, misappropriation or unauthorized use of trade secrets.
- Noncompete agreements: Noncompete clauses or agreements that restrict an employee's ability to work for a competitor in a certain area for a specified period of time have become increasingly common in many industries. We are well-versed in the evolving nature of Texas' noncompete laws. We aggressively protect your interests whether you are accused of violating an agreement or you are seeking to enforce one.
- Confidentiality agreements: These agreements (also called nondisclosure agreements) arise in various commercial contexts, such as when two companies are considering entering into a licensing agreement or other joint venture. We represent clients seeking to enforce or challenge these agreements and are well-versed in temporary restraining orders, temporary injunctions and permanent injunctions.
In these and all other cases that we handle, our goal is always to use our deep-seated legal knowledge and valuable practical experience to guide you toward a desirable outcome. Our firm is also adept at helping clients avoid litigation. But when litigation comes, we do not let it become a runaway bull. We take the bull by the horns and marshal our forces to assert or protect your best interests.
Protecting Sensitive, Commercially Valuable Information
One way in which our firm's experience shows itself is in sensitivity to how our clients' goals may vary in particular cases. Some clients may see a strategic advantage in pursuing a highly transparent, high-profile resolution to an intellectual property dispute. Others may prefer a much quieter approach, emphasizing negotiation rather than litigation.
Our attorneys have the skill and versatility to deploy whatever tactics are likely to work best for our clients. We will do whatever is necessary to protect your property rights and preserve your reputation. Regardless of how your dispute is resolved, we will let your opponents know that you are prepared to fight them tooth and nail.
Knowing When the Time Is Right to Take Action
Some business disputes come charging into the open like a raging bull at a Texas rodeo. Some may seem to appear like a thief in the night. Others may grow gradually, simmering like a minor irritation, before it becomes clear that something must be done.
Given how much money is often at stake in an intellectual property dispute, it makes sense to take action to resolve the matter sooner rather than later. We protect clients well in advance of IP disputes through noncompete agreements, confidentiality agreements, trademarks, copyrights and more.
For example, if a former employee has started tapping your customer lists and calling on old customers, a call to a lawyer experienced in IP litigation is likely in order.
There are also occasions when the need for action is clearly urgent. If valuable commercial data is about to be wrongfully compromised, we can help you pursue an immediate injunction to stop it.
Schedule a Confidential Consultation About Your IP Concern
Our law firm has the knowledge of both Texas and federal law to confidently assert or defend your rights in any type of intellectual property dispute. Call 866-398-1856 or contact us online for a confidential consultation with an experienced IP litigation attorney.