Intellectual Property Law:

Intellectual property is a significant asset for companies in today’s competitive landscape. Protecting that asset is critical. Intellectual property is more than patents and trademarks — it is the people, practices and big ideas that keep a business running. No matter the industry, organizations need legal counsel that can identify, protect and enforce their ongoing IP rights and that can secure their freedom to operate in the marketplace.

Leon has twenty years of experience practicing IP law.  We focus on providing comprehensive legal strategies to support clients’ needs and goals. 

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Taft’s IP attorneys are experienced in handling intellectual property rights issues in Internet website development, hosting, co-branding and content license agreements. We provide advisory services to Internet start-up businesses, as well as many established companies based in the Midwest and throughout the U.S.  Some of the services we provide include:

  • Searching and clearance of trademarks.

  • Patentability searching.

  • Preparing and filing U.S. and foreign patent applications.

  • Registering trademarks in the U.S. and internationally.

  • Registering trade dress, product and packaging configurations.

  • Watch/surveillance services for conflicting marks.

  • Copyrights.

  • Patent and trademark licenses.

  • Technology licenses.

  • Technology transfers from universities to the private sector.

  • Transactions involving technology and e-commerce.

  • Intellectual property audits, management and counseling.

  • M&A due diligence.

  • Intellectual property litigation.

  • Inter partes review.

  • International Trade Commission (ITC) investigations.

  • Antitrust litigation.

  • Domain name disputes.

  • U.S. Customs registration and enforcement of IP rights.

  • Sweepstakes and promotions.

  • Advertising compliance/clearance.

  • FDA and FTC.

  • Software licensing and development agreements.

  • E-commerce.

  • Product clearance.

  • Counsel on designing around valid patents.

​Intellectual Property

& Entertainment Litigation

We have the resources, knowledge and experience to respond quickly and forcefully to our clients' needs for litigation services and to meet any challenge. Taft attorneys have represented clients in a broad range of industries involving all aspects of IP rights, and have demonstrated success in bench and jury trials and appeals in federal and state courts, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Taft is recognized for IP litigation in the IAM Patent 1000 rankings.  Our IP & entertainment litigation experience includes:

  • Trademark infringement.

  • Copyright infringement.

  • Trade dress infringement.

  • Opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

  • Domain name dispute proceedings.

  • Trade secret violations.

  • Representation of concert & festival promoters and venues

  • Band member disputes

  • Record Label lawsuits 

  • Prosecution and Defense of DMCA claims

  • False advertising.

  • Unfair competition.

  • Patent litigation.

  • Patent reexaminations before the U.S. Patent Office.

  • Hatch-Waxman litigation and Inter Partes Review.

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23 Years
In Practice  * 1998--2021

Leon D. Bass / Of Counsel*

Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

E:  Lbass@taftlaw.com

P:  614-431-2277

65 E. State St.  Ste. 1000

Columbus, OH 43215

  

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P:  614.220.0228

*Leon Bass is licensed as an attorney to practice law in Ohio and the U.S. Virgin Islands

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