Intellectual Property

While we offer a broad range of legal services and expertise, Whitaker Chalk specializes in matters of intellectual property (IP), which involve legal rights and interests in intangible ideas, expressions and related property, including:

  • Patents
  • Trademarks
  • Trade Names
  • Internet Domains
  • Copyrights
  • Trade Secrets
  • Unfair Competition

In today’s economy, IP can also take the form of valuable knowledge assets such as:

  • Customer Lists
  • Market Knowledge
  • Financial Information
  • Business Processes
  • Software Code

Effective protection of these valuable assets may require carefully prepared employment, secrecy or non-disclosure agreements and physical and electronic protection practices in addition to proper registration of non-secret IP rights.

Because IP assets are intangible and idea-based, each is unique by nature. Effectively securing, protecting and defending a client’s valuable IP requires a tailored approach – “one size fits all” really fits nobody. We work to identify and address your distinct needs and focus on protecting IP asset value.

Clients from individuals and small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, within the US and internationally, have benefitted from our vast experience and expertise in all matters related to IP.

No matter what your idea is, our intellectual property attorneys can help protect it.


Charles Gunter has been Recognized as a Super Lawyer for 2014 by Thomson-Reuters

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