Intellectual Property

Intellectual property is a critical differentiator among businesses today for companies of all industries and sizes. Virginia businesses, including small businesses and traditional brick-and-mortar shops, need to develop sound IP strategies to acquire, protect, and leverage their intangible business assets, such as patents, trademarks, and copyrights. In today’s competitive marketplace, business viability may depend on careful management and protection of IP assets.

Once you have acquired intellectual property rights, you need to protect them aggressively, as IP assets may form an integral and profitable component of your business. The IP litigation practice at BerlikLaw extends to litigation involving trade secrets, copyrights, trademarks, false advertising, unfair competition, and cybersquatting.  The firm does not handle patent matters.  Aggressive representation and IP enforcement often requires a firm with the experience and ability to obtain expedited relief, such as a preliminary injunction or temporary restraining order, on a moment’s notice. At BerlikLaw, we ensure your case is brought before the appropriate state or federal court as expeditiously as possible, often in the Eastern District of Virginia’s “rocket docket” in Alexandria.

Trial lawyer Lee E. Berlik is a highly skilled courtroom advocate who has obtained or defended against numerous preliminary injunctions and temporary restraining orders in state and federal courts across Virginia and the District of Columbia. As a small firm emphasizing client service over billing time, BerlikLaw focuses on trial strategy from the very beginning of a case. Planning trial strategy from the beginning tends to keep fees manageable while increasing the likelihood of a prompt, favorable settlement. Of course, it also keeps the emphasis on doing what it takes to win at trial and accomplish the client’s business objectives.

Unlike large firms, which often take the approach that more paper and higher fees means “better” representation, here at BerlikLaw the emphasis is on quality over quantity; we discourage useless motions and unfocused discovery practice. Instead, we focus on getting results for our clients as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.

BerlikLaw’s intellectual property representation may include stopping an individual or company from infringing a protected trademark or service mark, stopping a competitor from making false or misleading advertising claims, or negotiating with an infringer to license a client’s IP in exchange for the payment of royalties. Inside counsel know they can trust BerlikLaw to enforce or defend their companies’ trademarks and copyrights and at rates far below D.C. and Northern Virginia’s large law firms.