Safeguarding your brand
A lot rides on a name, whether you’re protecting your own brand, pushing imitators back across the line, or defending against allegations of stepping on someone else’s identity. At Foley Hoag, our Trademark, Copyright and Unfair Competition attorneys handle all types of trademark, copyright, trade secret, Internet, and domain name issues for our clients, as well as false advertising, defamation, and other unfair competition matters. We successfully represent clients on both sides of the issues, from smaller companies accused of infringement to large corporations policing and protecting their famous brands.
Whether your trademarks are registered or are safeguarded under common law, our lawyers provide creative strategies for protecting them. We have conducted investigations into improper use of trademarks, assisted clients when trouble occurs at the border by working with U.S. Customs to prevent the importation of counterfeit and gray market goods, and represented clients in federal district courts across the nation in cases involving the Lanham Act and the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act.
Our lawyers have significant experience litigating trademark registration issues in opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, where we employ creative and innovative strategies to secure our clients’ trademark registration rights. When the issue is domain names, our clients can rely on our unparalleled understanding of the various trademark rights protection procedures provided by ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, including the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP).
Foley Hoag handles the full scope of copyright matters for our clients, including creating company policies regarding the usage of copyrighted material, implementing multi-faceted registration strategies, enforcing copyrights against infringers on the Internet through the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), and engaging in large-scale litigation to protect and defend our clients’ valuable copyrights.
In addition to protecting our client’s intellectual property, we work with clients to determine acceptable limits in client advertising, and assist clients in evaluating advertising and related statements by competitors that cross the line into deception, disparagement, and defamation.
Well known in the business community and the courts, our lawyers are on the front lines in shaping law and policy as leaders in the International Trademark Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Intellectual Property Law Section of the American Bar Association, and other key organizations.
When business needs fall outside traditional work hours, clients benefit from immediate and reliable web access to their trademark portfolios. Available 24/7, our client portal provides secure access with the use of the internet and log-in credentials.