Trademarks and Copyrights

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Baker Botts boasts a nationally renowned Trademark practice, comprising trademark lawyers who handle all aspects of trademark law and related issues. We have developed strategies for managing trademark and trade dress rights consistent with our clients’ short- and long-term business plans, including the management of international trademark portfolios for several well-known brands. Our lawyers effect and oversee clearance, registration and enforcement for a large and diverse group of clients based in the U. S. and throughout the world. Working with an established network of foreign associates in more than 150 countries, we provide our clients with efficient and cost-effective global trademark protection.

Baker Botts’ Trademark lawyers also have considerable experience in litigation, including bench and jury trials defending and prosecuting trademark, trade dress, unfair competition, false advertising and trade secret claims. Our lawyers have broad experience, and offer sophisticated counseling and litigation services in:

  • Negotiating and drafting trademark licenses, co-existence agreements, co-branding agreements
  • Acquisitions, and handling of comprehensive due diligence relating to trademark assets for corporate transactions
  • Domain name issues, including UDRP proceedings
  • Internet law, including keyword and pop-up ads, metatags, phishing and related issues
  • E-commerce
  • Cybersquatting
  • Anti-counterfeiting actions
  • Computer game and technology licensing
  • Marketing and distribution relationships
  • Advertising
  • Sweepstakes
  • Entertainment law

Privacy Laws:
Copyright matters also form a significant part of our work. Our lawyers have substantial experience in protecting copyrights in such varied industries as toys, artwork, cartoon characters, fabric designs, fashion accessories, architectural design, musical recordings, literary works, technology and advertising and packaging materials. We advise clients on a wide range of copyright matters affected by ever-changing copyright laws, including registration, infringement, (and avoiding infringement), as well as negotiating and preparing development, licensing, publishing and other agreements.

The diverse skills and scientific backgrounds of our intellectual property lawyers, many of whom hold engineering and computer science degrees, add to our experience in the area of copyright protection for scientific material. Our lawyers effectively manage the protection and licensing of computer-related technology, including source code and executable programs along with the associated instruction and operating manuals. As a group we have a long and extensive history of litigating and trying all types of copyright cases.