AKN Advocates are well placed to represent clients in creating, developing, and leveraging patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and other rights to protect intellectual property assets as valuable business assets.
Areas of Practice
Trade Secrets and Confidentiality
AKN Advocates professionally assists clients in protecting trade secrets and other confidential information relevant to their technologies, production processes, and business and marketing plans. The Firm’s efforts include working with our clients to design, negotiate, and enforce non-disclosure agreements to protect their own confidential information and advising our clients on their rights and obligations when receiving confidential information from others. AKN Advocates also assists clients in developing and implementing trade secret protection policies and procedures.
Trademarks are a company’s interface with its customers and therefore are some of the most important assets of a business. AKN Advocates can ably oversee the protection and enforcement trademark rights internationally. Trademark law varies enormously from country to country. Through the Firm’s exposure to internation IP standards, we have a deep understanding of global trademark issues, and our lawyers work with our clients to establish cost-effective strategies for registering and enforcing their marks worldwide.
AKN Advocates can assist clients in protecting their copyrights in valuable works of authorship, including computer software, multimedia products and other technology products, audiovisual works, paintings, novels, and musical works. We routinely analyze the scope of copyright protection available for new media, provide advice on copyrights in the context of the internet, and work with clients to register their copyrights. We have in-depth knowledge on “works made for hire" matters and on various defenses available to claims of copyright infringement. We can also assist clients with assessing the transnational protection of their copyrights.
Internet Protection of Trademarks, Copyrights, and Domain Names
AKN Advocates is resourced to help intellectual property owners face the many challenges posed by the Internet. We understand intellectual property issues regarding both the content and the means, and the complex interrelationship between the two. We are in position to tackle a large variety of Internet infringement of copyrights, trademarks, and other proprietary rights.
We are equipped to counsel clients through every stage of the domain name process, including all aspects of domain name registration and protection. We also protect and defend our client’s domain names against infringers and likewise enforce our clients’ trademark rights against domain piracy.
IP Licensing and Transactions
A significant component of our IP practice includes the licensing or transfer of intellectual property assets, ranging from licenses, sales and assignments of patents, design rights, trademarks, trade secrets, and/or copyrights to business acquisitions and mergers. Our depth of experience provides our clients a comprehensive approach to cover all aspects of a transaction from asset protection and ownership to transaction negotiation and documentation.
AKN Advocates can assist in assessments for internal audit purposes or for evaluation of existing or potential investments in technology companies or other companies with meaningful intellectual property assets. We analyze whether the company in question owns or has sufficient rights to the intellectual property assets that are essential to its business, and identify any significant risks associated with the company’s use of intellectual property and, where appropriate, its products and services.
IP Due Diligence and Valuation
In a few cases like in a merger or when a company desires to obtain a license for critical IP, it is key to determine whether a company owns or has sufficient rights to use intellectual. Our lawyers help identify potential issues that might significantly affect the ability of the company to acquire sufficient rights or to market its products. These issues include employee and independent contract agreements, nondisclosure agreements, exclusivity arrangements, license restrictions, IP restrictions, and distribution agreements.