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Calgary Intellectual Property Lawyer: Patents, Copyrights & Trademarks

We have years of experience guiding clients with questions and issues about intellectual property and helping them determine the best course of action for protecting their intellectual property. Our work includes helping businesses and individuals with respect to intellectual property issues and registering trademarks and copyrights, directing and consulting patent issues and registrations, finalizing licensing agreements, and establishing ownership and protection of trade secrets.

Our clients have been involved in a variety of industries, including software, technology transfer, e-commerce, website development and hosting, entertainment, research, publishing, and education. Let us help you with your intellectual property so you can concentrate on your business.

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Our Experience

Kevin Weeks is a Canadian and U.S. trademark agent and a member of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) as well as Digital Alberta and the Calgary Council of Advanced Technology (CCAT). He's also a graduate of the Osgoode Hall Law School of York University Entertainment Law.

Our intellectual property experience includes:

  • Agreements and Contracts
  • Technology
  • Software
  • Trademarks and Slogans
  • Trade Secrets

What is IP?

The Canadian Intellectual Property office segments intellectual property (IP) into the following:

  • Copyright provides protection for literary, artistic, dramatic, or musical works (including computer programs) and other subject matter known as performer's performances, sound recordings, and communication signals.
  • Patents cover new inventions (process, machine, manufacture, composition of matter) or any new and useful improvement to an existing invention.
  • Trademarks may be one or a combination of words, sounds, or designs used to distinguish the goods or services of one person or organization from those of others in the marketplace.
  • Industrial designs are the visual features of shape, configuration, pattern, or ornament, or any combination of these features, applied to a finished article.
  • Integrated circuit topographies refer to the three-dimensional configurations of electronic circuits embodied in integrated circuit products or layout designs.

Copyrights and Trademarks to Protect Your Creativity

We can help you determine which aspects of your intellectual property you are able to copyright or trademark, and consult on the advantages of doing so. This allows you to make an informed decision on how to proceed with the copyright and trademark opportunities that are open to you.

We are a registered trademark agent, assisting our clients in registering their trademarks and word-marks with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office. Your next step is to contact us for a consultation.

Examples of copyright (as outlined by the Government of Canada):

  • Literary works: books, pamphlets, computer programs, and other works consisting of text
  • Dramatic works: motion picture films, plays, screenplays, scripts, etc.
  • Musical works: musical compositions with or without words
  • Artistic works: paintings, drawings, maps, photographs, sculptures, plans, etc.

Understanding Trademark

A trademark is the primary means to protect the value of your brand. Your business's ‘brand' is defined as anything identifying it, including its name, products, services, taglines, slogans, or even sounds. Using trademarks enables you to protect the competitive advantage that makes the ongoing success of your business possible.

Brand Name Protection

We can help create and protect your brand name, register your product's copyright material and trademarks, and consult with you to define and achieve your special identity and goals.

Even if you think that you are small fish in a big pond, your brand may be at risk. We help business owners of all sizes protect their identities by helping them through the Trademark process.

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