Ideas are precious commodities in today’s market. Whether your business is just beginning, or you have grown into a sizeable organization, you likely have various intellectual property rights to protect. You may not even be fully aware of all the intellectual property you have claim over. If you write for your company’s blog, your original posts are copyrightable. If your business has a unique graphic logo, this can be trademarked. If your business designs new, useful products, these can be patented. To identify your company’s intellectual property and to ensure it is properly registered and protected, contact an intellectual property lawyer at Arenstein & Andersen Co., LPA.

With decades of experience in the field of intellectual property law on the team, our attorneys in Dublin, Ohio and Tipp City, Ohio offer a wide range of legal services for individuals and companies looking to preserve their ideas and creations. From conducting IP audits and identifying IP assets to negotiating licensing agreements and representing businesses in infringement litigation, we are here to help with all your IP needs, no matter your business’s age, size, or industry.

Arenstein & Andersen Co., LPA, knows what it takes to identify risk, limit exposure, and maximize potential. Let us take your idea, ensure it is safe from infringement, and foster its growth from conception to reality.  We represent businesses just like yours throughout Ohio. If you are looking for a knowledgeable and responsive IP attorney, contact us online or call (614) 602-6550 to set up a consultation.

Copyright Registration

Whether you own a young or veteran business, you need to be aware of federal copyright law. You need to know which of your materials can be copyrighted, when to go through the copyright registration process, and what to do when your copyright has been infringed upon. However, when you are running a business, you may not have the time or inclination to learn all of this yourself. There usually comes a point when you need an intellectual property lawyer to handle copyright issues for you. Our attorneys at Arenstein & Andersen Co., LPA are here to help.

While your work is protected by copyright law the minute you create it and place it in a tangible form, you need to take steps to protect your works and ensure you can act on cases of infringement. Our IP lawyers are here to identify your original works and handle the registration process.

Trademark Filing

If your business is using or intends to use a symbol, logo, word, phrase, or combination of these elements, you need to speak with an intellectual property lawyer about registering the trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). By working with Arenstein & Andersen Co., LPA, you gain an experienced legal team’s perspective in identifying trademarks, service marks, and implementing strategies for protecting those marks from other parties’ use.

We will identify registerable marks, handle the registration process, take steps to safeguard your IP rights, and when necessary, rectify infringement. This is essential for both small, up-and-coming businesses and long-standing firms. You or your company can benefit from being associated with an easily identifiable symbol, word, or phrase. However, you must prevent its unauthorized use if it is synonymous with your product or service. By hiring an IP attorney, you have the legal knowledge and experience you need to establish and defend your trademark.

Patent Law and Consulting

In addition to copyrightable words and trademarks, your business may have inventions to safeguard. The best way to do this is by registering a patent with the USPTO. By obtaining a utility, design, or plant patent, your business has the right to control who can make, use, or sell that product or process. These legal protections can last for years, affording your business the exclusive right to create, use, and monetize that product or process, unless you specifically allow others to do so.

However, patent law can be complicated and tricky. If you believe you have or are developing a patentable work, you should speak with an Ohio IP attorney right away. At Arenstein & Andersen Co., LPA, we also offer consulting services for businesses that need to determine whether they have a unique, patentable idea. If so, we will handle the patent application.

Protecting IP rights in Ohio, including patents takes time, effort, and considerable experience in what can be a unique area of law. It is not something you should put on the back burner. By working with us, you gain a highly skilled legal team of IP legal professionals with the insight to proactively protect your patent. And when necessary, we’ll act fast to stop infringement as soon as possible.

Non-Disclosure Agreements

When your business has one or more copyrights, trademarks, technologies, or patents, whether registered or unregistered, it is essential you preserve your IP rights and privacy even from employees. Whenever you bring a new person on board, you have to evaluate the information they will have access to. Will they gain access to your IP? Will they learn trade secrets? The more access they have to your business’s IP, the more critical it is to include non-disclosure agreements within employee contracts.

Our IP lawyers at Arenstein & Andersen Co., LPA have decades of business law experience and a considerable background in employment law. This includes drafting employment agreements, contracts, and non-disclosures. We will ensure your employees are appropriately restricted regarding what they can and cannot say about your business’s property during their tenure and if they leave the company.

If you believe a current or previous employee is infringing on your IP rights, call us immediately to discuss your rights, options, and possible legal remedies.

Licensing and Technology Transfers

In a business’s lifetime, opportunities may arise in which you can profit from another individual or business using your copyrighted work, trademark, or patent. However, you are hardly going to let them use it for free or without restrictions. Instead, it is essential to work with an intellectual property lawyer to prepare licensing agreements or technology transfer with third-parties.

Through a licensing or technology transfer agreement, you can give another party the right to use your intellectual property for a specific purpose, for a certain amount of time, or for a certain fee. This gives you significant control over how your property is used. At Arenstein & Andersen Co., LPA, we can assist you in negotiating and drafting a licensing agreement. We also are here to pursue civil litigation if the licensee violates the terms of the contract.

Additionally, it may be that your business is interested in licensing another party’s copyright, trademark, technology, or patent. In these circumstances, we can work with you and the other business to reach a beneficial agreement, where you receive a license to use the company’s IP at a fair price.

Copyright Licensing and Infringement Defense

At Arenstein & Andersen Co., LPA, our lawyers are well-versed in the area of copyright registration and licensing. There are a vast number of circumstances when it would benefit you for another party to use your copyright work. However, you need to be sure that the other party’s rights in regard to your copyrighted materials are appropriately restricted through a licensing agreement. Additionally, you need to be on guard for parties using your works without a licensing agreement or violating of these contracts.

Our intellectual property lawyers in Ohio are here to help you protect your copyright. We will send cease and desist letters when a party violates your copyright or a licensing agreement. If we cannot resolve the situation through this avenue, we may advise filing an infringement lawsuit, where we will aggressively pursue compensation for your economic and reputational damages. Furthermore, if your business is ever accused of infringing upon another party’s copyright or violating a licensing agreement, we will defend you in court.

Intellectual Property Audits and Due Diligence

If you are an established business that has been growing and expanding for years, or a startup looking to break onto the scene, you may benefit from an intellectual property audit. This process is intended to identify the full range of your IP assets, evaluate your exposure to risk, and determine the level of protection in place. By having our IP lawyers conduct an IP audit, you learn more about the value of your business. For example, as a technology startup, you may have a patent you did not realize. You will also learn the potential weaknesses in protecting those assets. You may have products, services, or processes that are not properly protected by copyright, trademark, or patent registration. For instance, by lacking a suitable technology patent, your entire startup could be in jeopardy from larger tech companies.

By fully understanding your business’s IP portfolio and ensuring comprehensive protection, you gain valuable insight into the stability of your business. You may have future partnerships, joint venture, licensing, or sale opportunities you were previously unaware of. You also may identify new research and development opportunities related to certain IP assets.

As part of an audit, our IP lawyers will also search for and review any potential infringement of your IP. This is a necessary step in asserting your IP rights. You must be on the lookout for parties trying to benefit from your business’s hard work and reputation. Then, you must take appropriate action to stop the infringement and mitigate the damage to your business’s standing or profits.

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G. Gregory Arenstein

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Greg started Arenstein & Andersen Co., LPA with Nicholas I. Andersen in March 2010. Greg has many years of legal and tax experience working with clients on a wide array of business, estate planning, and tax issues. Greg is an experienced problem solver with the ability to assist clients with their most complex needs and the ability to communicate with his clients in plain English. Practice areas include: Estate Planning, Business Law, Taxation, Real Estate, Probate and Trust Administration, Legal Services for Healthcare Professionals

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Nicholas I. Andersen

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Nick started Arenstein & Andersen Co., LPA with G. Gregory Arenstein in March 2010. Nick has extensive experience in civil litigation, business, estate planning, real estate, oil & gas, including pipelines, and representing taxpayers in collection actions. Nick’s practice also includes an expansive and diverse clientele of healthcare professionals, including physicians, dentists, and veterinarians. He believes in being available to his clients whenever they are in need. Practice areas include: Legal Services for Healthcare Professionals, Civil Litigation, Business Law, Real Estate, Estate Planning, Oil and Gas Law, Taxation

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Eric R. McLoughlin

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Eric has many years of experience representing clients in probate and trust administration, business, and estate planning matters. He has a strong passion for helping people with their legal matters, and strives to provide all his clients with the personalized service they deserve. Practice areas include: Probate and Trust Administration, Business Law, Estate Planning

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Jessica L. Sohner (née Samuel)

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Jessica has years of experience representing clients in family and domestic matters, including divorce, dissolution, and post-decree matters. She believes in providing quality representation for clients while maintaining sensitivity to their individualized needs during stressful litigation. Practice areas include: Family Law, Civil Litigation, Oil and Gas Law

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Erin L. Sanford

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Erin joined Arenstein & Andersen Co., LPA as a Shareholder in February 2022. Erin has over 12 years of experience working in all areas of family law. Erin understands that when you are navigating through the court system, whether it is a divorce, child custody matter, the need for a guardian of a loved one, or the loss of a loved one it is a stressful time and she is there to be by her clients’ side.

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Ryan L. DeYoung

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Ryan is a Senior Associate at Arenstein & Andersen Co., LPA. Ryan joined the firm in August 2020. Ryan’s practice is devoted to assisting clients in civil litigation matters. Prior to joining Arenstein & Andersen, his practice focused on the representation of individuals and small business debtors as an attorney with a small bankruptcy law firm for almost 7 years. In addition to his practice of bankruptcy law, Ryan also has prior experience in the litigation of housing and employment related claims, including claims brought under the Fair Housing Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, and Civil Rights Act, as well as been an adjunct lecturer in The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business. 

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James W. Park

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Jim and Arenstein & Andersen Co., LPA formed an “of counsel” relationship in 2015 to assist the firm’s clients in the areas of bankruptcy and creditor protection. Jim has been working in personal bankruptcy since 2005. He began practicing as an attorney solely in the area of personal bankruptcy in 2007, with a focus mainly in Chapters 7 and 13 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. Jim understands that financial distress is common today and strives to provide clients with the respect and understanding they deserve while helping them through their difficult times. In December of 2021, Jim became a full-time associate attorney at the firm.

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Robert E. Putman

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Robert joined Arenstein & Andersen Co., LPA as a full-time associate attorney in October 2021. He is eager to provide clients with legal assistance in the areas of estate planning, business law, and general civil matters. He believes every client matter is unique and deserves careful professional attention to ensure the client’s interests are protected. 

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Erin M. Haughey

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Erin joined Arenstein & Andersen Co., LPA as a full-time associate attorney in October 2021 and earned her J.D. from Capital University Law School. Erin focuses her practice on estate and trust administration and understands the difficulty of losing a loved one. Erin works diligently to ensure that her clients are given the care and attention they deserve so she can best help them understand and achieve their desired goals.

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Joseph A. Downing

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Joe has extensive experience representing clients in estate planning, probate, business, real estate, elder law, and Medicaid planning. Joe prides himself on his ability to build long-term, trusting relationships with clients, and enjoys assisting them with their short and long-term legal needs. Joe and his law firm, Joseph A. Downing Co., L.P.A., are of counsel with our firm. Practice areas include: Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Administration, Business Law, Real Estate

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Christen M. Shore

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As a former adjunct professor at Capital University Law School, Christen has been practicing intellectual property law for over 20 years. She has represented multi-national corporations, universities, small business, and individuals in the protection of their intellectual property – including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. Christen and her law firm, Christen M. Shore Co., L.P.A., are of counsel with our firm. Practice area include: Intellectual Property

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Ian A. Heyman

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Ian Heyman has over 23 years of legal experience counseling clients on all aspects of business matters, including acquisitions and transfers, corporate governance and structures, taxation including state and federal tax audits, commercial and residential real estate, wealth management, professional and business licensing, internal and government investigations, government relations, risk management, strategic structuring and commercial finance. Mr. Heyman represents businesses and individuals across many industries by creating innovative solutions, while always planning two steps ahead.

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Kathleen A. Hanley

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Kathi is retired and living in Tucson, Arizona. She serves as a valuable advisor to the firm, and assists with continuity of service to her longtime clients that continue to entrust their legal needs to us.

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Call us to Discuss Our Legal Services in Intellectual Property

If you own and operate a business, it is essential that you understand federal copyright, trademark, and patent law. The best way to do this is to work with an experienced intellectual property lawyer. Establishing a relationship with an IP attorney enables you to identify and protect your IP assets. From inception to design and all the way to production and profitability, your property needs an ally.

At Arenstein & Andersen Co., LPA, our IP lawyers in Dublin, OH and Tipp City, OH have the comprehensive knowledge, skill, and unique level of experience to defend and assert your business’s right to the hard work it produced. You had the idea, now let us create and defend the environment that gives it the best chance at success.

To learn more about our IP services in Ohio, schedule a consultation by contacting us online or call (614) 602-6550.