Experienced Florida Intellectual-Property Law Firm

Protecting inventors and their ideas
An inventor has the right to reap the rewards resulting from a new idea. If you have created an invention or improvement, registering your patent provides you with vital protections to exclusive use and benefits derived from your design.

Preserving all types of patents
Patents are grouped into three different classifications, depending upon their form. Our attorneys have the knowledge to help you with:

  • Utility patents – including machines, chemical formulas, compounds and manufactured goods
  • Design patent – original, ornamental design for a manufactured product
  • Plant patent – a new variety of plant

Conducting patent research
To qualify for patent protection, your invention or improvement must be:

  • Novel – not previously known
  • Unobvious – not a form that an expert in the field could identify
  • Useful – has a function

Our attorneys meticulously review your invention with an eye for your eligibility based upon the three primary factors. We then conduct a thorough patent search to determine whether a similar design has already been registered.

Registering your patent pending
If your design appears to be unique, our attorneys walk you through the complex process of preparing your application, including creating essential drawings and descriptions. While waiting for the issuance of your patent, your invention is marked patent pending, thereby affording you substantial protections. A patent is granted by the U.S. Patent Office for a specific time period for which you retain exclusive rights to your invention.

Defending your rights
If another person or company attempts to infringe upon your patent rights, we pursue all available legal remedies. Our attorneys first demand that the infringer ceases and desists from taking unauthorized actions. We then vehemently pursue damages.

Safeguarding your business image through trademark
The public identifies your business, product or service through its distinctive branding, logo, design, slogan, wording or picture. That distinguishing trademark is immediately associated with your company’s positive reputation for quality. Protecting your trademark is essential to preserving your business’ meticulously crafted image. The Law Office of Stewart A. Merkin has more than 30 years of experience helping clients protect their trademarks.

Registering your trademark
You can prove your ownership of a trademark by registering with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. At the time of your application, you must meet the use in commerce or intent to use basis for filing, meaning that you either are currently using the mark or have a ready-market plan for its use. Our attorneys are skilled at filing detailed applications with the USPTO that fully satisfy all of the complex requirements. We conduct a thorough search of the database to determine if your proposed mark is already in use. We then assist you through each stage of the application process, including clearly describing your mark and the goods or services it represents.

Defending your business image from trademark infringement
The use by another company of your trademark can lead to lost profits and a tarnished reputation. When a company’s similar name, style, lettering, picture or other branding causes confusion, you may have a valid infringement claim. Our lawyers stop the unauthorized use of your trademark by obtaining an injunction against the infringer, and we assertively pursue damages for unfair competition

Contact the meticulous Miami intellectual-property attorney
Call the Law Office of Stewart A. Merkin at 305-357-5556 or contact us online.