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Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property Law

Sometimes your most valuable business assets do not show up on an inventory list.

What is intellectual property inventory?

Intellectual property is one of your company’s greatest assets, but with the help of modern technology today, it can make it easy for your Santa Rosa property to be stolen or infringed upon (unless it is properly protected).

Keeping your intellectual property inventory up-to-date will help tremendously should a future dispute arise.

Intellectual properties, the results of your ideas, inspiration, and innovation require attention from attorneys who specialize in trademarks, copyright, patent, and trade secret law.

How do you conduct an intellectual property audit?

Performing an intellectual property (IP) audit is a review of the intellectual property owned, used or acquired by a specific organization.

The point of the audit is to find out what IP is within an organization, who owns it, the value of that IP, its legal status, and what to do with it.

Patents & Trademarks

What are the 4 types of intellectual property?

The most common types of intellectual properties include:

  • Trademarks
  • Patents
  • Trade Secrets
  • Copyrights


How long does intellectual property last?

It can depend on many factors, but a U.S. trademark for instance generally lasts for as long as the trademark is used in commerce and defended against infringement, while copyright protection is for a limited term.

For a more accurate answer according to your specific situation, call us at (707) 528-2882.

Our Intellectual Property Lawyers

At Merrill, Arnone & Jones, we will help you protect your intellectual properties, and work with you to exploit your ideas through licensing, registration, merger and acquisition.

When policing and enforcement of your rights are necessary, our team brings a wealth of experience in all aspects of intellectual property litigation.

For more information about intellectual property matters including trademarks, copyrights, patents, licensing and trade secrets, contact Bill Arnone or Ross Jones.