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Vandeventer Black’s Intellectual Property team provides a wide range of services relating to trademark, copyright, patent, trade secrets and other intellectual property issues faced by businesses, organizations, and individuals. Intellectual property rights are valuable assets.  Our primary goals are to help our clients identify, manage, protect and exploit their valuable intellectual property assets to their fullest potential.

We assist clients with identification and registration of intellectual property; proper use, licensing and assignment of intellectual property; and prosecution and/or defense of intellectual property issues in both federal and state courts as well as in administrative proceedings. In addition, we also counsel and advise clients on intellectual property issues involving the Internet and domain names.

Intellectual Property Areas

  • Identification, registration, and protection of all forms of intellectual property
  • Proper use, licensing and assignment of trademarks, copyrights, patents and trade secrets
  • Prosecution and/or defense of intellectual property issues in federal and state courts and administrative proceedings
  • Trademark clearance, prosecution, registration and maintenance with federal and state trademark offices
  • Trademark infringement, unfair competition, and false advertising litigation
  • Copyright counseling, prosecution, and registration
  • Copyright infringement litigation
  • Patent infringement litigation
  • Intellectual property management and audits
  • Association with international counsel regarding protection of intellectual property in other countries
  • Domain name counseling and protection
  • Protection of trade secrets
  • Software protection and licensing agreements
  • Valuation and assessment of intellectual property in mergers and acquisitions
USPTO Registers the Word “THE” as a Trademark for Ohio State
Jane D. Tucker
The trademark THE has just been registered by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) to The Ohio State University (“OSU”) for t-shirts, ballcaps, and hats.  Yikes!  What does this mean for others wanting to use the word “The”? The trademark registration gives OSU the exclusive right to use ...
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The New Copyright Claims Board
Jane D. Tucker
Copyright infringement cases are costly and time-consuming, but there is now an alternative for smaller claims – a new small claims tribunal for copyright matters involving less than $30,000.  In December 2020, Congress passed the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2020 which directed the Copyright Office to establish ...
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The Trademark Modernization Act – Greater Protections for Trademark Owners
Jane D. Tucker
The Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 (“TMA”), signed into law on December 27, 2020, provides trademark owners with additional tools to challenge registered marks that are no longer in use or have never been used on the goods or services claimed in the registration.  It also establishes a rebuttable presumption ...
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