The founder of the firm — Ashkan Najafi — is a degreed engineer and registered patent attorney licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Najafi brings almost a decade of patent, trademark and copyright experience to his law practice. His knowledge and understanding of intellectual property acquisition, enforcement and maintenance are invaluable to his clients. Based on Mr. Najafi's legal experience, he advises clients about common pitfalls related to patent, trademark and copyright legal matters.
Attention Inventors, Engineers and Business Owners!
Patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets are four areas of intellectual property law protecting proprietary subject matter. Patenting an invention at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) gives the patent owner the exclusive right to exclude others from making, using and selling the patented invention over a specified period of time. Registering a word, logo, color or sound on the federal register at the USPTO grants a trademark owner the right to exclude others from using a similar mark that is likely to cause confusion. Copyright protection is administered by the U.S. Copyright Office (USCO) and exists in original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression.
Copyrights give the holder some exclusive rights to control some reproduction of works of authorship such as music, literary works, paintings, movies and sculptures for a certain period of time.
Patents give the holder an exclusive right to prevent third parties from commercially exploiting an invention for a certain period.
Trademarks are distinctive names, phrases, brand names, logos, sounds or colors used to identify products to consumers.
Trade secrets may be secret proprietary information which gives a company a commercial advantage over others.