Legal Services

What We Offer

Our Legal IP Services

  • Patents
  • Trademarks
  • Copyrights
  • Due Diligence

Design Patents

Design patents are granted to a person who invents a new, original, and ornamental design for an article of manufacture.

Utility Patents

Utility patents are granted to a person who invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, article of manufacture, or composition of matter, or a new and useful improvement thereof.

Plant Patents

Plant patents are granted to a person who invents or discovers and can asexually reproduce a distinct and new variety of plant.

Protect Your Inventions

At Maldjian Law Group LLC, we appreciate that protecting your inventions, technology or designs attributes to the overall success and profitability of your organization. We are here to assist from the concept stage of your idea to ultimately making it a commercially viable product or service. 

We recommend patent searches and studies as a first course in evaluating your inventions or clearing a product for sale. We offer comprehensive searching and reporting to obtain a concise analysis of your IP opportunities. Once evaluated, we work with you on procuring, protecting and exploiting your IP assets or avoiding IP issues with third parties. Whether patenting in the United States or abroad, Maldjian Law Group LLC is the first and last stop you will need to manage your worldwide Patent portfolio.

Have An Idea?

If you have an idea, technology or design you would like to explore, please download our Invention Disclosure Form on our Links page. This will enable you to describe some of the details prior to meeting with us for the first time. Many sources for research purposes are available on the internet, and we have provided links to some of these on our Resources page. We recommend exploring them to get you started. Please note these links and resources are not intended to create an attorney-client relationship, which will only be established after you have formally engaged the firm.

What Are They?

A trademark or service mark is a word, name, symbol, slogan, or any combination, used or intended to be used to identify and distinguish the goods/services of one entity from those of another, and to indicate the source of the goods/services. Trademark rights can be established by use and/or trademark registration after use has been established. Although federal registration of a mark is not mandatory, it has several advantages, including notice to the public of the registrant’s claim of ownership of the mark, legal presumption of ownership nationwide, and an exclusive right to use the mark nationwide on or in connection with the goods/services listed in the registration.

All Things Trademarks

Maldjian Law Group LLC performs trademark screening searches and/or comprehensive clearance searches that help measure the strength and availability of your proposed trademarks, service marks or trade dress to obtain the optimal trademark protection and defenses.

Policing and enforcing your trademark is as important as receiving the registration itself. Maldjian Law Group LLC offers services including, but not limited to, protecting your trademark/service mark, assisting in dispute resolution and negotiating settlement agreements in the United States and abroad.

Please find a link to our Trademark Application Request Form to describe in detail your trademark/service mark in detail prior to your first meeting with us.

What Is It?

Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U. S. Code) to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works. Section 106 of the 1976 Copyright Act generally gives the owner of copyright an exclusive bundle of rights to do and to authorize others to do the following…

Section 106 of the 1976 Copyright Act generally gives 

the owner of copyright an exclusive bundle of rights to do and to authorize others to do the following:

  • Prepare derivative works based upon the work;
  • Distribute copies or phonorecords of the work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending;
  • Perform the work publicly, in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and motion pictures and other audiovisual works;
  • Reproduce the work in copies or phonorecords;
  • Display the work publicly, in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works, including the individual images of a motion picture or other audiovisual work; and
  • Perform the work publicly (in the case of sound recordings*) by means of a digital audio transmission.

What Is It?

Maldjian Law Group LLC now offers due diligence for clients. We can conduct full reviews on patents and trademarks on IP assets clients are looking to purchase, sell or use as collateral for business loans.

Below are a sampling of the due diligence we perform for both U.S. and foreign IP assets:

  • For each company, we order and review UCC lien searches and review results for bankruptcy, lien, collateral issues not listed on the USPTO’s website.
  • Use Espacenet to determine patent family and prepare Schedule of assets based on Espacenet results, along with using PAIR results.
  • Check PTAB for post grant reviews, including Inter Partes Review (IPR), Post Grant Review (PGR), Covered Business Method Patents (CBM) and Derivation AIA Review (DER).
  • Conduct PAIR and LexisNexis Searches for U.S. patents and litigations involving same.
  • Conduct PAIR search for terminal disclaimers and statutory disclaimers. If disclaimed, ensure those assets are included as part of the purchase or sale.
  • If an asset is a pending application, review the USPTO file history to confirm all formalities are met (e.g., ensuring all Declarations filed, no outstanding Missing Parts, no inventorship issues, no dismissed Petitions).
  • Review Continuity Data tab in PAIR to ensure all continuity assets are listed and part of the family and for a re-exam or re-issue. If patent was subjected to re-exam or re-issue, check for status. If concluded, check for certificate to see if any claims cancelled.
  • Confirm all U.S. maintenance fees are current.
  • Confirm foreign annual fees are current.
  • Review Assignments to ensure all inventors assigned, ensure there no breaks in the chain-of-title or open security interests.
  • Obtain U.S. patent or U.S. published application and review cross-ref. section along with further details to ensure no government rights.
  • Use WIPO and foreign patent offices to obtain status of assets and confirm Applicant’s name.