A Global Footprint In The Intellectual Property World
Technological advances have made geographic divisions less problematic. New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman referred to this as the world being flat in his 2005 best-selling book on globalization. People all over the world create highly marketable products and services that can be sold globally.
Hovey Williams LLP regularly assists foreign-based law firms and businesses that wish to file U.S. trademark copyright, and/or patent applications, as well as businesses that need to prosecute or defend against intellectual property infringement internationally. We also work with U.S.-based clients seeking these services in foreign countries. Our team has developed strong, long-term relationships with intellectual property law firms around the world, allowing us to resolve a broad range of intellectual property issues globally.
As a member of the Madrid Protocol, U.S. trademark applicants and registrations can file international trademark applications, and may designate protection in a number of member countries.
The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) allows an inventor to file an international patent application and reserve coverage in almost 150 different countries simultaneously. It provides the patent applicant more than two years to decide which countries to enter. Contact us for more information about international patent applications.
Let Technology — And Our Knowledgeable Attorneys — Work For You
As with many aspects of global commerce, technology has significantly streamlined the process of protecting intellectual property. From our office in suburban Kansas City, we are able to provide the same comprehensive services that are offered by firms in Alexandria, Virginia, where the USPTO is located. In addition, we provide pricing efficiency and a personable approach that large coastal law firms often struggle to match.
Our work for international clients in the U.S. and for U.S. clients going abroad helps them obtain and assert their patent rights in global markets. We have an 90-year track record of protecting our clients’ patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and other intellectual property in virtually every major business sector.