I am a downtown Arlington Heights attorney whose primary business is securing and enforcing intellectual property rights and defending against intellectual property claims brought by others. If you have a new invention such as a new product, process or method, securing a patent gives you the right to exclude others from making, using or selling your invention for a period of 20 years from the patent application filing date. In effect, a patent is a government-granted monopoly that gives you sole discretion over the manufacture, use and sale of your invention. If you have a business name or logo that you would like to protect, securing a federal trademark gives you the exclusive use of that name or logo nationwide, in the relevant field of good or services. If you are a musician, artist, author or developer of software, then claiming a copyright precludes others from the unauthorized copying and distribution of your work. I am a principal partner in a large national firm that relies on sophisticated home office equipment to maintain low overhead and keep billing rates reasonable. Call or email me for an appointment.