Intellectual Property

AlvaradoSmith provides high quality legal services in connection with trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, privacy rights, and related intellectual property matters. 


We understand that a trademark can be one of the most valuable assets of any business.  As such, we counsel our clients about the details of trademark matters as they develop brand images and names.  We help clients develop intellectual property strategies, identify and perfect intellectual property rights, and assert or defend these rights in appropriate tribunals.  Perhaps most importantly, we work on developing cost effective strategies to identify and protect our client’s rights.

We handle all aspects of trademark law including trademark searches, prosecuting applications, handling opposition and cancellation proceedings, prosecuting and defending infringement and dilution claims, resolving domain name disputes, handling import protection, and co-existence and license agreements.

We handle large trademark portfolios for many clients which include both domestic and international registrations.  Through the Firm’s relationships with other law firms, we have the experience and capability to advise clients on how to protect their trademarks internationally.  We also work with our clients to maximize the counterfeit import protections afforded U.S. trademarks under the laws and regulations of the United States.


We also protect and enforce copyrights through counseling, registration, and licensing agreements. We represent authors, companies, colleges, and other organizations in connection with the protection of their copyright portfolios.  This includes advising clients on privacy rights, publicity rights, website related issues, fair use, the TEACH Act, and prosecuting and defending copyright infringement claims.

Our Intellectual Property practice includes:


  • Domestic and international trademark selection, counseling, registration, renewal, and risk analysis
  • Trademark use and protection
  • Trademark licensing
  • Trademark audits and brand development
  • Prosecuting and defending oppositions, cancellations and appeals before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
  • Manage internet domain name and Web site issues
  • Counseling on unfair competition, false advertising and trade disparagement
  • Contracts in licensing, merchandising, advertising, entertainment, publishing and rights of privacy and publicity
  • Due diligence reviews
  • Trademark and copyright provisions related to corporate transactions and financings


  • Preparation and filing of copyright applications in a broad range of areas
  • Protect and enforce copyrights through registration, counseling and agreements
  • Licensing and sale of copyrights
  • Chain-of-title searches

Intellectual Property Litigation:

  • Trademark piracy and advanced high technology piracy
  • Trademark and Copyright infringement
  • False and misleading advertising and unfair competition
  • Protected clients' trade secrets and other proprietary rights


Group leaders:  Tom Zeigler 

Group Leaders: Chris Yoo