Intellectual Property Expert Serving Clients in Florida, Alabama and Texas
The U.S. Constitution grants Congress the power “To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.” Congress has responded by enacting Titles 17 (copyrights) and 35 (patents) of the US Code, setting out the parameters for legal protection of intellectual property in the U.S. (chapter 22 of title 15 addresses trademarks). Along with state laws protecting trade secrets, these laws give businesses and inventors valuable tools to protect their work and the ability to profit from their success, but understanding and applying these laws is a highly technical and complex area of the law. J. Nevin Shaffer, Jr. is a registered patent attorney who is certified by The Florida Bar as a specialist in intellectual property law. Learn more about our intellectual property law practice below, and contact J. Nevin Shaffer, Jr., P.A. in Gulf Breeze or Mobile for help understanding, managing and protecting your intellectual property.
Patents – As a registered patent attorney, J. Nevin Shaffer Jr. helps independent inventors, businesses and public universities understand the complicated world of patent law. Obtaining a patent is a significant undertaking, but it may be well worth the effort and deliver a significant return on your investment. Nevin will advise you on the little baby steps you can take to start protecting your idea without spending a lot of money up front. Should you decide to move forward, we will proceed with prosecution of your U.S. patent and also file any international patents you deem necessary. We are here to help you maintain and protect your patent into the future as well, including advising on maintenance requirements, negotiating licensing and assignment transactions, and providing mediation and litigation support advice in cases of infringement claims or other patent disputes.
Trademarks – We can help you with registration of trademarks, trade dress and service marks, from name selection and screening to searches, opinions, registration and ongoing maintenance. We’ll represent you in trademark transactions such as licensing, and merchandising, and counsel you on proper use of the trademark to protect its value. If a dispute does arise, count on us for solid advice concerning inter partes proceedings with the USPTO, or mediation and litigation advice.
Copyrights – J. Nevin Shaffer, Jr., P.A. assists in the full range of copyright law, including counseling and registration; representation in assignment, licensing and other copyright-related transactions; and copyright-related mediation and litigation advice.
Trade Secrets – Keeping your confidential business information a secret may be vital to your success, and unauthorized disclosure may amount to an unfair business or trade practice in violation of the law. We’ll counsel you on the methods available to protect your trade secrets and negotiate or draft the agreements and transactions necessary to keep your secrets safe. Our intellectual property expert is also here for mediation and litigation support to resolve trade secret disputes in your best interests effectively and efficiently.
Expert Legal Assistance in all Intellectual Property Matters
For advice, assistance and representation in the full range of intellectual property, contact J. Nevin Shaffer, Jr., P.A. in Gulf Breeze at 850-934-4124 or in Mobile at 251-445-7612. We serve clients nationally and internationally and especially throughout Florida, Alabama and Texas, and we look forward to the opportunity to help you with your intellectual property legal needs.