Intellectual Property

“Intangible” Assets Are Your Real Advantage

From individual artists to multi-national companies, from closely held family-owned businesses to fast-moving high-tech ventures, protecting clients’ intellectual capital is fundamental to success. Whether establishing a distinctive market position, safeguarding a customer list or well-guarded recipe, or documenting proprietary business processes, these (often) intangible assets require vigilant protection. Trademarks, service marks, trade secrets, and copyrights all give your company its unique competitive advantage.

Protecting Intellectual Capital

We counsel clients to efficiently protect and manage intellectual property assets. We regularly advise our clients regarding the availability of legal and practical intellectual property protection for all types of confidential and proprietary information, as well as creative works.

Our services include procuring state and federal trademark and copyright registrations, as well as establishing internal risk management policies designed to protect trade secrets and confidential information from predatory competitors and disgruntled employees.

We have extensive experience working with the legal staff and examiners within the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the resources to assist our clients in management and protection of their domestic and international portfolios.

In addition, we handle contractual intellectual property needs, including negotiation and drafting of licensing, non-disclosure, joint venture and consulting agreements, as well as intellectual property asset sales and acquisitions.

Disputes and Litigation

When intellectual property rights are threatened, we defend those rights in federal and state courts, before the Patent and Trademark Office, and through alternative dispute resolution forums.

Our team includes seasoned litigators who routinely address complex intellectual property issues. We handle myriad issues that arise during the course of intellectual property disputes — from the simple transfer of a domain name to enforcement of a permanent injunction won following the trial of a complex copyright action.


Our Intellectual Property Attorneys

News + Events

Firm Begins 2022 With Addition of New Associates

Murphy, Pearson, Bradley and Feeney begins 2022 with the addition of new attorneys Liza Milanes (UC Hastings College of the Law), Michael Saenz (UC Berkeley School of Law), Chekwume Ufoegbune (University of San Francisco School of Law), Hollyanne Raymond (Seattle University) and Lauryn Robinson (University of the Pacific, McGeorge...


2021 Shareholder Elevations

Murphy Pearson is pleased to announce the elevation of Nicholas C. Larson and Heather A. Barnes, both previously Directors at the firm, and Philip J. Kearney, Senior Trial Counsel, to Firm Shareholders. “The firm is very pleased to announce that we have elected three new shareholders: Heather Barnes (Sacramento), Nick Larson (Seattle),...


Employer’s Bid for Arbitration Denied Based on Unauthenticated E-Signature

The recent appellate decision on Griggs v. Guess?, Inc. provides us with important guidance on how courts will weigh evidence and determine the creditability of witnesses when deciding whether an electronic signature is valid or not. Read “Employer’s Bid for Arbitration Denied Based on Unauthenticated E-Signature” by Shareholder Patrick J....