Online Patent Law Firm
Mark Trenner has been helping individual inventors, start-ups, small businesses, and large corporations for over 20 years. He started Trenner Law Firm in 2004, and opened the Online Patent Law Firm in 2011. Mark’s experience spans multiple disciplines, having advanced degrees in electrical and electronics engineering, civil engineering, and environmental engineering (with substantial coursework in chemistry and chemical engineering). Whatever your invention is, chances are good that Mark Trenner can assist.
Most questions can be quickly answered with a phone call or email. Trenner Law does not charge clients for routine emails or phone calls to discuss their case. Trenner Law Firm is now an entirely Virtual Law Firm and does not maintain public office space in Colorado. Our attorney and staff work from private offices and are available to discuss your case by phone, video conference, chat, and email. In limited circumstances, in-person meetings may be arranged and conference rooms are provided for in-person meetings through Office Evolution at their Denver-West (Lakewood/Golden Colorado) location.
Intellectual Property Law
While the most important type of protect is often a patent or trademark – other, often less expensive types of intellectual property protection may also be available. An experienced intellectual property law attorney can help advise you what types of protection might be appropriate to fully protect your important business assets. Trenner Law Firm has been assisting clients for over 10 years to identify and protect their intellectual property.
How To Protect Your Invention
How do you protect an invention? File a patent application with the US Patent Office. A provisional patent application can be filed quickly and relatively inexpensively. The provisional patent application will give the inventor one year of patent pending status for everything that is disclosed in the application. But if anything is left out, you may lose rights to patent those aspects of the invention. It is important to work with a registered patent attorney to protect your invention. Learn About Patenting An Invention.
While it may seem easy enough to file a trademark application on your own, important legal rights can be lost by simple mistakes. Worse yet – you might receive a cease and desist letter from a competitor or face an infringement suit in federal court – even if you think no one else is using your mark. Trenner Law Firm has helped clients file and obtain federal trademark registrations, even when others have challenged that use by threatening opposition proceedings. It can be very expensive to hire an attorney after you’ve gotten yourself into a mess. It can cost a lot less in the long run, and you can be sure your rights are protected by working with a trademark attorney from the start. Learn About Trademark Registration.
Copyright is automatic and does not require registration. However, there are good legal reasons to file a copyright registration. An intellectual property law attorney can help you decide what might be copyrightable subject matter, and help you determine when to file copyright registrations. Learn About Copyright Registration.