Patent & Trademark Attorneys

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The Concept Law Group is a full-service intellectual property law firm.

The firm assists clients in every aspect of intellectual-property law, from the filing and prosecution of Patent, Trademark, and Copyright applications, to representation in litigation matters. Each of its attorneys who prosecute patent applications holds an engineering degree and is registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

The attorneys at The Concept Law Group will work with you to determine every part of your business that should be protected.  We will go to great lengths to ensure  you understand the value of each element of intellectual property protection, and the associated costs.

Our Attorneys

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Scott Smiley

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Alexander Brown

Patent Attorney

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Mark Johnson

Patent Attorney

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Yongae Jun

Patent Attorney

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Markus Nolff

Patent Attorney

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Erin Martin

Patent Attorney

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Areas We Practice

trademarks
intellect-patent
copyrights

Attorneys In The Media

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Concept Law In The News

  • Attorney Brown: Redskins Trademark Will Be Used Regardless

    June 26th, 2014 - The Washington Redskins' appeal of the decision to strip the trademark from its controversial name will focus on the nation's racial past, according to lawyer Alexander Brown, who specializes in business and intellectual property litigation.

     
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    The Concept Law Group Wins New Inter Partes Review proceeding at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

    The Concept Law Group is proud to have overcome a major challenge asserted against its client’s patent, U.S. Patent No. 7,806,360. The patent owner, David Chadwick, sued Shaw Industries Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., which is the world’s largest carpet manufacturer, for infringement of his patent. Shaw responded by challenging the validity of Mr. Chadwick’s patent through the new Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceeding at the U.S. Patent Office. (IPR-00132, July 2014). After over a year of litigation, The Concept Law Group is thrilled to have succeeded in its effort to uphold the patent’s validity. Mr. Chadwick can now continue with his suit in Federal Court.

    The victory was no easy task. Shaw was represented by Fish & Richardson, a firm with 352 attorneys, including 226 patent attorneys/agents, 74 of which hold PhDs.

  • Scott Smiley Argues Patent Case at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (the U.S.’s second highest court).

    On January 5, 2015, Scott Smiley and Mark Johnson appeared before the United States’ Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) to argue the case Flexiteek Americas, Inc. v. Plasteak, Inc. (Case No. 14-1214). The Concept Law Group represented the plaintiff/patent holder, Flexiteek, in the case which accused Plasteak of patent infringement. The technology at issue is a synthetic boat flooring that resembles teak wood. Unlike teak, which is expensive to purchase and install and requires expensive yearly maintenance, Flexiteek’s product is inexpensive and lasts for many years.

    At issue on appeal was the alleged error of the lower court in the process of determining what is required to find infringement. Instead of simply comparing the accused product–the one sold by Plasteak–to Flexiteek’s patent, according to Flexiteek, the court erroneously introduced an extra damaging step when it viewed an actual commercial embodiment of Flexiteek’s product and then required the accused product to have features similar to the product Flexiteek sells.

     
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    The Concept Law Group receives a Notice of Allowance within four months of filing with the USPTO.

    Congratulations Stacy Perrin on getting your patent allowed!! The invention is an assembly for separating garments and maintaining even spacing between the garments.

From Our Blog

Legal Services

Intellectual Property

  • intelectualpropertyIn a world economy that is becoming more competitive every minute, the intellectual property assets of companies and individuals have never been so valuable. The attorneys at The Concept Law Group will sit with you and determine every part of your business that can be protected. We will go to great lengths to ensure you understand what you and your business need, the value and result of each type of intellectual property protection, and cost associated therewith.
  • If your assets are being misappropriated by others, we have the experience and capability to exert your rights to the fullest extent the law allows. This can include injunctions stopping infringers from further use, damages that include the infringer’s profits from their infringement, your lost profits, royalty payments owed to you, attorneys’ fees, and costs of the action.

Patents

concpet-law-patented-ipChoosing a patent attorney is an important decision and The Concept Law Group has extensive experience in all aspects of securing patent protection in the areas ranging from simple mechanical devices to highly engineered and complex software and electrical-related patents, and everything in between.

We advise individuals, universities, and small and large companies alike with respect to patentability, freedom to operate, drafting provisional and non-provisional utility or design patent applications, foreign filing a patent application, initiating and conducting reexamination/post-grant review proceedings, and enforcing the rights of any patent holders through thoughtful, cost-effective, and intelligent litigation strategies.

Trademarks

trademarkYou have a new business, product, or service name or logo that you would like to secure exclusive rights to; now what?  What questions should you be asking, who should you trust, what is an attorney going to charge to help you?  These and many more are the questions we hear almost daily from our new clients.  First of all, take a deep breath and relax; this is what we do.

Copyrights

copyrightYou have a new business, product, or service name or logo that you would like to secure exclusive rights to; now what?  What questions should you be asking, who should you trust, what is an attorney going to charge to help you?  These and many more are the questions we hear almost daily from our new clients.  First of all, take a deep breath and relax; this is what we do.

Trade Secrets

In Florida, identification of a trade secret and enforcement regarding the misappropriation of the same is regulated by Chapter 688 of the Florida Statutes. A trade secret is any information, including a formula, pattern, compilation, program, device, method, technique, or process that:

(1) derives independent economic value, actual or potential, from not being generally known or not being readily ascertainable by proper means by, other persons who can obtain economic value from its disclosure or use and

(2) is the subject of efforts that are reasonable under the circumstances to maintain its secrecy. Examples of trade secrets are a chemical formula, a manufacturing process, a “magic-type” secret (such as techniques used to produce laser light shows and fireworks), and a recipe. Because these types of information and know-how go to the very heart of a business’s competitive position, businesses expend a great deal of time, energy, and money to guard their trade secrets. See our FAQ page for even more information.

Domains

domain-nameDomain names represent a crucial extension of trademark rights and The Concept Law Group is ready to assist you with selecting and registering your domain name. In addition, we are ready to assist you in enforcing any possible trademark rights against illegitimate or potentially conflicting domain names when appropriate.

Disputes over online usage of trademarks are frequent, especially on domain name entitlement, as domain names are granted on a first come, first serve basis. At The Concept Law Group, our attorneys are experienced in handling such disputes and in particular in filing complaints with the appropriate authorities.

Other IP

For many companies today, one their most valuable assets is their intellectual property (IP). Sometimes, however, a company or person is not able, or does not qualify, for governmental protections, such as a U.S.patent or a federal trademark. As such, those owners of IP must take appropriate steps to protect the value of this asset as they would any physical asset, yet must also utilize it to its full potential.

The Concept Law Group provides sound, cost-effective advice to our clients in protecting their IP without necessarily having those governmental protections in place. We can assist with drafting and enforcing non-disclosure agreements (confidentiality agreements), distribution agreements, licensing agreements, covenants-not-to-compete (non-competition agreements), consulting and professional services agreements, Internet and web site agreements, outsourcing agreements, and assignment agreements.