Securing Ingenuity for Over 45 Years
Because intellectual property rights are valuable assets, it is essential for entrepreneurs and businesses to develop a comprehensive IP strategy. In so doing, they can maintain a competitive advantage in the marketplace and capitalize on opportunities to monetize these assets. Ultimately, achieving these objectives requires the advice and guidance of accomplished intellectual property attorneys.
Scully, Scott, Murphy, & Presser, PC (SSMP) is dedicated to securing ingenuity and helping our clients maximize the value of their intellectual property assets. For over 45 years, our practice has focused on patent procurement and enforcement, as well as registering and protecting trademarks and copyrights. From our office in Garden City, we serve clients regionally, nationally and globally.
Securing Your Intellectual Property Rights
We have a well-deserved reputation for helping businesses, individuals and universities protect their intellectual property rights in the United States and worldwide.
In order to protect a technological innovation or advancement, it is essential to secure a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). A patent is the right to exclude others from making, selling, using, or offering for sale an invention. Nonetheless, obtaining a patent is complicated since it requires showing that the invention is new, useful and non-obvious. By understanding our clients’ innovations, we work diligently to craft the broadest possible patent claims and ensure that their rights are protected. The patent attorneys at SSMP leverage their legal knowledge and technological proficiency to help our clients shepherd patent applications through the USPTO. We also have a thorough understanding of international patent procedures under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).Learn more about Patents
The surest way for a business to establish a brand identity is through the strategic use of trademarks and service marks. Obtaining a proper trademark registration from the USPTO provides the holder with powerful legal recourse to bar others from using that mark. At SSMP, our trademark attorneys work with clients through all phases of brand identification and trademark selection. We are highly experienced in conducting searches of the trademark registry and routinely handle the registration process. Our trademark attorneys also prepare applications for the international registration of trademarks under the Madrid System.Learn more about Trademarks
Businesses must protect methods, formulas, methods, techniques and other confidential information that has an independent economic value. In order to be considered a trade secret, reasonable steps must be taken to keep the material confidential. SSMP helps our clients protect their trade secrets through the use of nondisclosure and noncompete agreements. We also pursue remedies for trade secret theft in state and federal court under the Uniform Trade Secrets Act and the Defend Trade Secrets Act.Learn more about Trade Secrets
A copyright protects an idea that is fixed in a tangible medium such as literary, artistic and musical works, including sound and video recordings. A copyright registration gives an owner the right to use, license or exploit the work in other ways. Additionally, a copyright allows an owner to exclude others from using the work. Although registration is not required to establish a copyright, it is necessary to secure significant legal remedies against infringement. SSMP assists our clients with completing and submitting copyright applications for their original work. We also advise businesses who have commissioned a work for hire and design strategies for copyright acquisitions, often in the context of mergers and acquisitions.
Intellectual Property Assets
There are many benefits of securing intellectual property protection, not the least of which are the power of exclusivity and protection against infringement claims. Additionally, intellectual property rights are also valuable assets that can help a business gain access to new markets and tap into additional sources of revenue. To help our clients achieve these objectives, SSMP designs comprehensive IP strategies that consider the purchase, sale or licensing of intellectual property.
SSMP provides clients with offensive and defensive capabilities inside or outside of the courts. We represent clients in post-grant proceedings — inter partes review (IPR), post grant review (PGR), covered business method review (CBM) and derivation proceedings (DP) before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). We also handle opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). When necessary, we litigate intellectual property disputes in federal court. Our trial attorneys are highly experienced in all aspects of trademark and unfair competition litigation, including trade dress infringement, counterfeiting, false advertising, “grey market” actions and trade disparagement.
The SSMP Difference
SSMP has patent prosecution professionals in a wide range of technological fields, including mechanical, electrical, computer hardware and software, chemical, biotechnological, food chemistry, and design. We have a proven track record of procuring patents, trademarks and copyrights and successfully representing clients in the event of intellectual property disputes. Our firm has established long-term relationships with many corporate and university clients that rely on our strategic business-first approach in securing, asserting and defending their IP rights.
Unlike other intellectual property law firms, SSMP designs innovative solutions that are also cost-effective. Our billing rates are well below the average national and regional rates. At the same time, we adhere to the highest standards and provide each client with a superior level of legal representation. Above all, our objective insights help clients maximize the value of their intellectual property assets. Call our office or complete the contact form on our website to set up a free consultation.