Dan Baldwin 0000-00-00 00:00:00
Intellectual Property Law: Bring Your Peace of Mind With You The attorneys of Schmeiser, Olsen & Watts LLP are patent lawyers who have the education, experience and insight to work effectively in all areas of patent, trademark and copyright law. Specializing solely in intellectual property law they work closely with corporations and individual clients either directly or through other law firms to protect ideas from inception, to help increase the value of existing intellectual property, and to protect that property from infringement. They often serve as specialists to other law firms that have clients in need of their expertise. “Clients with a new product or idea wonder first, ‘How do I own this?’ They come to us and we help them make sure that they can own the rights – that nobody else owns them – and then we file and prosecute the necessary patent, trademark or copyright applications to protect those rights, both in the US and overseas. Often where there are multiple rights we strategize to help the client maximize the benefits of their intellectual property,” says founder Albert L. Schmeiser. Intellectual property law covers a wide variety of rights including patents, trademarks, copyrights, domain names, trade secrets and unfair trade practices, including related applications, prosecution, licensing and litigation. For inventions and trademarks there are searches to determine whether federal protection may be obtained. Where protection is available, applications are prepared and prosecuted at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Often foreign applications are filed. At times litigation is necessary to enforce a client’s intellectual property rights or, conversely, protecting them if someone believes the client has infringed on their rights. Protecting trademarks often includes domain names and branding products whereas copyright protection can cover property such as artwork and books or computer programs. Success in business today depends on how well a company protects its most valuable assets. Often those assets are its patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets - in other words , its intellectual property. Schmeiser, Olsen & Watts has 20 federally licensed patent attorneys and agents and maintains offices in Arizona, New York and Washington, D.C. to assist in this protection. Several of the firm’s patent attorneys are former federal patent examiners. This is quite a change from when Mr. Schmeiser started the firm in New York in 1983. On a handshake, he borrowed $10,000 to launch his business. His first office was loaned nights-only by a friend in the real estate business. Schmeiser would arrive in the evening, remove his friend’s photos and credentials from the walls and put up his own diploma and credentials for interviewing clients. He installed a phone there and forwarded calls to his home phone where his wife acted as receptionist. “I really like people and I get excited about their creations. My focus has always been to help others succeed. Going on my own gave me the opportunity to set that tone and develop a firm with a culture of quality and care,” Schmeiser says. In keeping with that attitude the firm has always offered free initial consultations to both companies and individuals and often consults with other legal practitioners who are faced with a client who has the need for specialized intellectual property advice. Over the years, the firm has applied this ethic of quality and care as it developed a network of associate firms in virtually every country in the world. At least once a year they personally meet with most of their foreign associates to assure a well-coordinated effort to protect their clients’ foreign rights. According to the yearly report issued in Intellectual Property Today, in 2011 Schmeiser Olsen and Watts obtained 535 US patents for its clientele ranking the firm 69th in the United States. In seeking like-minded motivated patent attorneys dedicated to quality and client care, the firm seeks young talent such as Partner Kea Enos. Enos’ resume arrived at a time when the firm wasn’t hiring, yet he was determined to join the firm and after several in-person calls he volunteered to work as an unpaid intern. He was given the opportunity and the next summer he was hired as a clerk and, after graduation, as an associate. Enos says, “From the time I was clerk, the firm has given me opportunities to learn how to foster client relationships while developing skills to provide high quality work.” Schmeiser adds, “Our corporate mission statement and the things the firm implements on a daily basis provide an opportunity for associates to move up through the ranks. We really want to empower our associates.” Our dedication to employees was noted by the Maricopa County Bar Association in 2001 when we received its Quality of Life Award “For Outstanding Efforts and Accomplishment in Promoting the Quality of Life of Its Attorneys and Staff.” Clients seeking representation do not need to bring in a set of blueprints, artists proofs, or print galleys. “They need just an explanation or anything that lets us know what has been developed. All the person has to do is to be able to explain it so we can appreciate what has been created that is new. Usually people who meet with us are a little bit apprehensive but also excited. Once they realize the attorneys share their excitement, they’re encouraged,” Schmeiser says. Science and technology are changing the law. “When I became a patent attorney, there was no such thing as a domain name, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act or a business methods patent. Now these and other new areas are major issues in the law. By specializing in intellectual property, we are better able to stay on top of this quickly changing area of the law,” Schmeiser says. In addition to a law degree and patent expertise, patent attorneys have degrees in such areas as biology, chemistry, physics, mechanical, electrical and chemical engineering and so on. The firm covers virtually all areas of technology. Few firms can offer that expertise. Schmeiser says there’s only one essential thing clients need when they walk through the door, “Bring with you a peace of mind that you’re going to be taken care of.”
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