Intellectual Property Services

Deitchle + Simone's IP law practice is led by Pam Deitchle. Pam has prosecuted several hundreds trademark applications, helps businesses monetize and build their portfolios, and develops comprehensive protection and enforcement strategies. For nearly 20 years, she's been trusted counsel for IP owners in nearly every industry: artists, entrepreneurs, global entertainers and entertainment companies, apparel companies, social media influencers, tech start-ups, international restaurant chains, educators, charities, manufacturers, importers, and retailers.

Based in Austin, we offer IP services nationwide. Some services are available at fixed, flat fees. Learn more below or contact Deitchle + Simone to talk about how we can help you maximize and protect your trademarks, copyrights, and trade secret assets.

Trademark Selection, Clearance & Registration

Besides their trade secrets, a business’s most valuable IP rights are typically trademarks, because that’s what consumers and competitors see. When consumers recognize your brand name, slogan, or logo as a mark of quality, they’re more likely to become repeat customers and recommend your business to others.

Having personally filed hundreds of USPTO-approved trademark applications, we are particularly well-positioned to help clients identify, develop, and protect trademark rights that can make or break their business. We know how the USPTO works, how to secure registrations, and how to keep them. We especially enjoy helping clients select potential trademarks for their goods/services, always with an eye on USPTO registrability.

We also represent clients in Opposition and Ex Parte Appeals before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Copyrighted Work Review & Registration

While copyright protection vests automatically when a creative work is made, a copyright owner cannot sue for infringement until the work is registered with the Copyright Office. The timing of the registration may be critical to maximizing remedies for infringement.

We help authors with their copyright needs by ensuring that copyrights are held by the correct owners, because ownership issues can be tricky, especially in employment relationships. We also audit creative portfolios for copyrightability.

IP Audits

We draw on years of experience in a broad range of industries to:

  • Explore the current state of company property
  • Identify unregistered rights to protect
  • Audit current registrations
  • Consider future plans to reduce, expand, acquire, or divest IP rights
  • Evaluate IP asset ROI

IP Portfolio Management & Monetization

Every business has at least one intellectual property asset that must be protected. Many have IP assets that can be strategically monetized or strengthened. We build, maintain, and monetize global intellectual property portfolios by developing dynamic strategies for:

  • Capturing IP assets at creation
  • Applying for federal registration of copyrights and trademarks
  • Continually auditing IP use
  • Acquiring rights from others
  • Licensing or transferring rights
  • Maintaining registrations
  • Instituting best practices for internal and external stakeholders
  • Enforcing rights against infringers
  • Structuring ownership to leverage asset protection and tax strategies (in cooperation with clients’ tax/financial advisors)
  • Positioning IP assets for sale or divestment

IP Monitoring & Pre-Litigation Counseling

We monitor USPTO filings and "common law" public uses for potential IP infringement and advise clients on cost-effective strategies for enforcing their rights against these potential infringers.

Domain Names

We can help businesses secure domain names and enforce their rights against cybersquatters.

Speak with Us About Your IP Law Needs

To consult with us about how our experience can strengthen and protect your IP, contact Deitchle + Simone.