Your work is your baby – whether it is an invention or art. Like any parent you want to protect and nurture your baby and help it grow to its fullest potential. How do you do that? That's where we can help. At Dobbin IP Law, we specialize in obtaining patents to protect your invention, copyrights to protect your authorship, and trademarks to protect your marketing. Let us help you with these parts of the "parenting" process.
When you choose Dobbin IP Law, you will discover that we care about our clients. Whether it is your first invention or your 15th, we know how special it is to you. Your experience will start with a free one hour consultation. During this time, we will talk you through the necessary steps in order to protect your work, whether it's an invention, trademark, or art. If applicable, we will even tell you what you cannot do, because we value honesty. We will work with you one-on-one to meet your needs. Here at Dobbin IP Law, we specialize in working with the little guy. We love to watch businesses grow and expand.
You are the Boss – Tell us what you want done, and we will be responsive to your needs. We will put our experience to good use to ensure the best quality service and outcome possible. We work one-on-one with our clients, starting with a free initial consultation. We will tell you as soon as possible whether or not we think your invention is patentable. Your privacy is also a priority. Everything communicated between client and attorney is confidential.
We offer Experience and Knowledge – After working in intellectual property law for over a decade and a half, we understand the requirements and details necessary for your intellectual property to succeed. With a solid scientific background, Geoffrey Dobbin can grasp a variety of subject matter from the simplest gadgets to lasers and semiconductors. After discussing your invention with you, we will put your application in proper format for submission, and then later use our experience and best efforts to broaden the scope of your patent application.
We are a Small Business Too – We know what it's like to go through blood, sweat and tears as you experience the ups and downs of business. We also know the joy that comes from success.
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When you come up with a new idea and put it into tangible form, you need legal protection to safeguard your work from being copied. Intellectual property comes in several forms, the three most common of which include patents, trademarks, and copyrights.
Patents: Preparing, filing and prosecuting a patent application is a fairly long and complicated process. It includes writing a detailed description of the best mode, or embodiment, of your invention, including a specification on how it is built and/or operates and claims that define the invention. Your application must also conform to physical standards established the United States Patent & Trademark Office. After an application is filed, it may take a few months or even a couple of years before a patent can be granted.
Trademarks: A trademark can be anything you use to identify yourself and your goods and/or services in commerce. Think of them as your name. Trademark rights are initially and automatically created by use, but registration makes them stronger. Most trademarks can be categorized as "word marks" (names) or "design marks" (logos).
Copyrights: A copyright is a protectable interest granted to an author (or other artist) to protect his/her artistic work from being copied by another person or entity. Bear in mind, it protects from copying, not independent creation. It also does not protect ideas, but the expression of those ideas in tangible or appreciable form. Like patents, the ability to protect copyrights comes from Article 1, section 8 of our Constitution. Like trademarks, copyrights are automatically created when a mark of art is finished, but registration secures those rights more fully.
We have included a number of frequently asked questions on our website. You can find the links in the menu to the left. Please feel free to browse them, as well as the general information about intellectual property we have provided. If your question has not been answered, please feel free to contact us and schedule your free consultation.