Intellectual PropertyAdvising clients on copyrights, trademarks, confidential information, and trade secrets
Toronto Intellectual Property Lawyers & Trademark Agents
At Mills & Mills LLP, we handle an array of intellectual property issues for our clients from beginning to end. Our lawyers are experienced in drafting agreements, filing applications to register copyright and trademark interests, and representing our clients in intellectual property litigation if necessary. Our business lawyers frequently advise clients on the protection and enforcement of their intellectual property rights in the following areas:
- Confidential Information
- Trade Secrets
Copyrights and Trademarks
Copyright provides the owner of an original work with the exclusive right to reproduce, distribute, perform, display or license that work. Our lawyers help clients to protect their original works by completing copyright registration applications with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, and advising them on their rights under the Copyright Act. Copyright holders should also be aware of the legislative distinction between economic rights (right to compensation) and moral rights (right to association). Our lawyers will help to ensure that their clients derive every benefit to which they are entitled under Canadian copyright law, and will bring a claim to enforce those rights if necessary.
A trademark is a word, phrase, sound, symbol and/or design used to distinguish the products or services of one person or organization from those of others in the marketplace. Our registered Trademark Agents regularly assist clients in all aspects of trademark law, including:
- Protection of unregistered trademark rights
- Applications for registration of trademarks in Canada
- Advocating for our clients in challenges to existing registrations or pending applications by third parties
- Defense of our clients’ trademark rights by protecting against infringement by others
- Filing or defending a Statement of Opposition with the Trademarks Opposition Board
Confidential Information and Trade Secrets
Trade secrets and confidential information are the private property of a company, and ownership of this property serves to add commercial value to a business. At Mills & Mills LLP, we advise clients on the enforcement and protection of their rights with respect to this proprietary interest, and we assist in resolving disputes, including initiating claims against those who reveal trade secrets to the detriment of our clients.