Your guide to intellectual property attorneys

We've helped many customers hire an intellectual property lawyer in the past year.

Planning ahead

Things to know before you get started.
6 Steps to Hiring an IP Attorney
  1. 1. Be aware

    Know the reasons for an intellectual property attorney. Patent claims, copyright disputes and trademark infringements are some of the most common. An attorney can also help you register a trademark.

  2. 2. Be informed

    Know the type of intellectual property you are trying to protect and find someone who specializes in that. Intellectual property is divided into copyrighted material and industrial property.

  3. 3. Be detailed

    Before agreeing to allow a specific attorney to represent you, explain your situation in full. Share as many details as possible to ensure the attorney understands and can properly do his or her job.

  4. 4. Get references

    Be sure to ask about experience and for references if possible. You want to be sure the attorney knows how to build your case without starting from scratch.

  5. 5. Negotiate pricing

    Get everything your attorney tells you regarding billing in writing, and look at both large law firms and individual attorneys before making a decision.

  6. 6. Make sure everything's clear

    Copyrighting or trademarking material can be confusing. You may not even know if you need to file for a copyright or trademark. An intellectual property attorney can advise you.

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