License & Protection of Intellectual Property

The licensing and protection of intellectual property is vital to growth strategies that can play a significant role in our clients' businesses. Clear and solid agreements are a mandatory part of protecting and maximizing the return on our clients' intellectual assets.

Much Shelist attorneys have significant experience with patent, trademark, copyright, and know-how and technology transfer license agreements; compliance with state and federal regulations concerning franchise sale; "due diligence" reviews of intellectual property assets; advising lenders in perfecting and foreclosing on security interests in intellectual property; and advising clients on methods of franchising, setting up franchising systems, and legal compliance with franchise laws.

In order to help clients protect their intellectual property as products and processes are shared and moved, our IP attorneys prepare strong, effective dealer and distributor agreements. Likewise, as discriminatory dealings can be a significant issue for distribution, we regularly counsel clients concerning compliance with the Robinson Patman Act.