Bill helps businesses protect their brands, inventions and copyrights to build business and avoid being sued. With more than 30 years experience, Bill has extensive knowledge in all aspects of patent, trademark, trade secret, and copyright matters including litigation in a broad range of industries. He evaluates patents, trademarks, and copyrights along with advising clients on the protection of inventions, trademarks, and copyrightable subject matter. Bill is a highly sought-after IP attorney in part due to his proprietary client communication, and project management system, The Harmony System®.
As a general rule, an employee might own patents or copyrights, but not trademarks or trade secrets. Trademarks and trade secrets depend on use and procedures that are tied to the employer, and don't exist independently of the employer. Most businesses require employees to sign an employment agreement. These agreements often have provisions regarding the ownership of intellectual property created while employed. Typically, these require an employee to assign any business-related intellectual property to the business.4 April 2021