Intellectual Property and Media
Overview: Protect and Maximize Value–For creative and innovative businesses, their intellectual property is their most valuable asset. Riveles Wahab LLP assists creative professionals, technology companies, and other intellectual property-driven businesses to protect, manage, and leverage their copyrights, trademarks, patents, and trade secrets. Our attorneys are well-versed in the unique legal challenges in various artistic mediums and creative industries and provide advice aligned with our clients’ business and philosophical objectives. With expertise in intellectual property portfolio management, corporate structuring, arts and invention financing, and license negotiation and drafting, RW allows businesses to keep their focus on creating and innovating.
Our services include:
- Analyzing and counseling on IP portfolio protection and value maximization
- Registering copyrights and trademarks
- Filing and prosecuting patent applications
- Protecting trade secrets
- Crafting licensing, assignment, and merchandizing agreements tailored to the medium and client goals
- Providing opinion letters on registration, patentability, infringement, enforceability, right-to-use, and other due diligence
- Negotiating and drafting complex IP merger and acquisition agreements
- Enforcing IP rights with the goal of avoiding costly and time-consuming litigation
Content creation and acquisition is an essential component of any media, technology, or artistic business. Riveles Wahab registers, licenses, and enforces its clients’ copyrights, including in their designs, photographs, films, animations, games, software, websites, music, choreography, literary works, fine art, and other creative works. Our attorneys routinely protect, procure, and maximize the value of creative content through preparing and filing US copyright registrations, drafting and negotiating licenses, and advising on fair use, infringement, DMCA takedowns, and work-for-hire.
Brand protection is of the upmost importance for any business, requiring constant vigilance and swift action when threats appear. Riveles Wahab aids in protecting and enforcing trademark rights, including by conducting trademark clearance searches, drafting opinion letters, filing and prosecuting trademark applications in the US and abroad, handling administrative proceedings related to the prosecution and defense of trademarks (including TTAB and UDRP proceedings), managing trademark portfolios, and monitoring and policing for dilution, infringement, and misuse by third parties. We also help our clients leverage the value of their brands through negotiating, drafting, and counseling on licensing, assignment, merchandising, coexistence, and other agreements.
Patents that are properly drafted, enforced, and defended are key to any innovative business’ survival in a time when science and technology are rapidly developing. Riveles Wahab ensures that its clients’ inventions and designs are protected by providing opinions and strategic counseling on patentability and licensing, managing patent portfolios, and drafting and filing of utility, design, and provisional patents.
Riveles Wahab provides informed guidance on the rapidly evolving regulations governing advertising, both online and off. RW attorneys offer advice on testimonials and endorsements, demographic and behavioral targeting, location-based marketing and content delivery, and compliance with other federal, state, and local laws and regulations, including copyright, trademark, privacy, right of publicity, and defamation laws. We are also experienced in preparing agreements related to procurement of marketing services, application and digital media development, licensing content, sponsorships and endorsements, and website terms of service and privacy policies, as well as rules for contests, sweepstakes, and other promotions.
Riveles Wahab understands that each sector of the entertainment and media industries comes with its own industry standards and legal complexities. We have counseled a variety of creative professionals on protecting and growing their businesses, including new media startups, authors, graphic designers, recording artists, filmmakers, performers, fashion and jewelry designers, and software developers. Our services include advising on business entity selection, drafting and negotiating client and vendor agreements, and protecting, licensing, and enforcing copyright and trademark rights.
In addition, RW has extensive experience acting as production and fundraising counsel for feature films, documentaries, and television vehicles. Our services include structuring the corporate entities, drafting disclosure and subscription documents for investors, optioning literary source material, and preparing and managing producer, crew, performer, and guild agreements. We also review scripts and final edits for copyright, trademark, and right of publicity infringement, including fair use analysis.