January 9, 2018
Our attorneys know intellectual property! In fact, our firm can help you with all five branches of intellectual property law:
- Trade Secret
- Personality Rights
If you or your company creates a valuable innovation, you may be able to protect your new invention with a patent. Many of our attorneys are former engineers and computer programmers, so we can offer something that other firms cannot – genuine technical expertise that can be critical when attempting to protect new technology.
Our attorneys help our clients file numerous utility and design applications every year. Also, many clients come to us after having already filed for a patent on their own or with another attorney. In particular, many clients retain us after receiving an office action from the US Patent & Trademark Office rejecting all claims. Often, other attorneys will tell these clients that there is little or no chance of overcoming the rejection, and we are the third, fourth, or even fifth law firm that they are consulting with. In many of these cases, our attorneys are able to devise a prosecution strategy and obtain an allowance for these clients, even though they were not the attorney that drafted the original application.
Unlike many law firms, The Law Offices of Konrad Sherinian, LLC also handles disputes before the Patent Trials and Appeals Board (“PTAB”). In fact, our attorneys have an excellent record in handling both appeals from final rejections and Petitions for Inter Partes review.
Many of our clients approach us with particular patent problems – for example, they may be investigating a new product, and are concerned about potentially infringing a patent. In such cases, our attorneys can help by assembling a state of the art search, or by drafting a right-to-use opinion. In other cases, a client may be aware that a competitor has a patent that covers a product that our client wants to produce or use. In such cases, we can often assist them in devising a workaround or in providing our opinion that their product will not infringe on their competitor’s patent(s).
Some of our clients are investor groups of established hedge funds, who come to us to evaluate their investment in a technology project. We are proficient at thoroughly and efficiently identifying and determining the patentability of a company’s technology, which often weighs heavily in investment decisions.
Our attorneys not only draft patents, but litigate them as well. In particular, we have represented both plaintiffs and defendants in multiple district courts throughout the country. Our attorneys often tell clients that litigation is the least efficient way to resolve any dispute. However, when our clients are forced into court, we focus on providing efficient and effective representation. We seek to reach cost and effort saving agreements with opposing counsel early in our cases; for example, we seek an agreement to use a cost-effective and reliable court reporter and videographer for all depositions with opposing counsel, along with reasonable limits on discovery. And, while we zealously represent our clients’ interests, we resolve most discovery disputes by agreement rather than with costly motion practice. Nonetheless, our attorneys always keep a sharp eye on the key disputes in the cases that we handle and attempt to gain every possible advantage for our clients that relate to those key disputes. In addition, we strive to keep our clients informed of all key developments as soon as they occur.
While our attorneys are willing and able to assist our clients with patent litigation, we strive to resolve disputes outside of court. Often, disputes can be resolved with a letter, phone call, or in-person meeting if all of the parties hold reasonable positions. Our attorneys’ knowledge of patent law allows them to notice and point out weaknesses in the other side’s case that often forces them to reconsider unreasonable positions. And, where the parties are not able to negotiate a solution directly, we encourage disputes to be resolved via mediation, or, if all else fails, binding arbitration. Patent litigation is horrendously expensive, and rarely if ever the best way to resolve a dispute for any party.
You can learn more about patents on the following pages:
If you have a patent issue, contact our firm today. You can quickly schedule a time to meet with an attorney, discuss your issue, and be on your way to getting the results that you want!
A company’s brand is often its most valuable asset. And the way that you protect your brand and keep competitors at bay is with trademarks. Our attorneys have helped our clients obtain more than one hundred registered trademarks. We know the details of the trademark process, and guide you through how to protect your brand.
Many clients come to us during the early stages of their branding efforts and seek a thorough trademark search. Other clients come to us when they have already identified a potentially conflicting brand and are concerned about potential trademark infringement. In either case, we can offer effective and cost-efficient solutions.
Other clients come to us and want to register a trademark with the United States Patent & Trademark Office or the State of Illinois – it is worth pointing out that registering a corporation or LLC with a state does not register a trademark with that state. Our attorneys are familiar with both the Federal and State of Illinois process for obtaining a trademark registration, and help guide you through it.
Some clients come to us after receiving an office action rejecting their trademark application. Many times those clients have visited with multiple attorneys before us who have all told them that their brand cannot be protected. In many cases, we are able to help those clients obtain a registration for their brand despite other marks using similar names.
Our attorneys are also proficient at practice before the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board (the TTAB). Our attorneys are available to represent you in appeals, opposition proceedings, and cancellation proceedings.
On occasion, our clients find themselves in disputes with other businesses or mark holders. In such cases, we work to resolve the disputes outside of litigation through the use of carefully drafted letters, as well as a negotiation over the phone and in-person. When a reasonable solution cannot be accomplished directly with the other side, we will generally recommend mediation or even binding arbitration rather than litigation, as trademark litigation can be prohibitively expensive, even for well-funded clients.
Nonetheless, when litigation is necessary, our attorneys are skilled at quickly and cost-effectively obtaining a positive result for our clients. Typically, we work out a fair and cost-effective litigation plan with opposing counsel early in the case that results in a short discovery schedule. When disputes arise in discovery, we favor resolving them by agreement rather than with protracted and expensive motion practice. However, our attorneys are very careful to identify the most important issues for our clients and fight zealously to obtain positive results on those issues.
You can learn more about trademarks on these pages:
If you have a trademark issue, contact our firm today. You can quickly schedule a time to meet with an attorney, discuss your issue, and be on your way to getting the results that you want!
With the rise of the “creator economy,” Copyright issues appear more than ever. Some examples are YouTube’s automatic copyright “flags,” and DMCA takedowns on online retailer sites, like Amazon.
Copyright can apply to many different types of works. For example, a copyright can apply to anything on the Internet unless a particular piece of content has been released to the public. Many people innocently copy an image from a web search and, after sharing that image on social media, receive a demand for a large amount of money.
Many of our clients come to us before such issues arise, when they are concerned about potential infringement. In such cases, we help our clients determine if their conduct is likely to infringe on another’s Copyright, or if their conduct is acceptable, and will memorialize our opinion in a formal letter for our client’s use.
We also represent many creators that seek help in registering their content. Sometimes, independent creators come to us after receiving a rejection from the Copyright Office. In such cases, we can often help our clients overcome the rejections and have their content registered in the LIbrary of Congress.
Many of our clients also come to us after they are already in a dispute with another party. Our approach in such situations is to attempt to resolve the dispute as quickly as possible at the lowest possible cost to our client. In particular, we favor resolving disputes with letters and direct negotiation rather than running to court. If direct negotiations cannot obtain a reasonable resolution, and the dispute is sufficiently important, we generally recommend mediation before litigation. And, if mediation fails, we often recommend binding arbitration as an alternative to litigation – even though the arbitrators will cost money up front, arbitration is much less expensive litigation. For example, in arbitration, discovery is generally agreed by the parties, and testimony over the phone is commonplace – both of these steps will save a lot of money over a case in court.
Nonetheless, in many cases, the only option is litigation in Federal Court; creators often have unreasonable demands, and infringers often choose to ignore well-founded demands for compensation, or respond by publicly complaining about the infringement allegations. In such cases, we have an excellent record on litigating on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. During litigation our attorneys focus on what is vital to our client’s interests while not wasting any time and money on frivolous pursuits – while the other side drowns in legal bills, our bills are often half of what our competitors bills are.
You can learn more about copyright on the following pages:
If you have a copyright issue, contact our firm today. You can quickly schedule a time to meet with an attorney, discuss your issue, and be on your way to getting the results that you want!
Every business has trade secrets, some of which are probably responsible for why your business is able to compete in today’s marketplace. What would happen if your employees decided to take your trade secrets to a competitor, or decide to compete against you?
A court will only defend your trade secrets if you take the steps necessary to identify them and ensure that sufficient steps are taken to keep them confidential. If these steps are not taken, a court will not honor your trade secrets. Our attorneys can help you identify and take the necessary steps to ensure that your trade secrets are protected.
Similarly, we can help your business properly address trade secrets in your employment agreements, as well as your employee handbook. On that subject, we can also help you draft restrictive covenants with your key employees, including non-compete agreements, non-solicitation agreements, non-disclosure agreements, and invention assignment agreements.
Similarly, if you are an employee looking to change jobs or start up a business, you may be concerned about trade secret issues from your present employer. Our attorneys can assist you in evaluating your employment agreement and advise you as to how to accomplish your departure from your present employer while minimizing any potential liability.
We favor resolving trade secret disputes outside of litigation – in fact, we often tell our clients that litigation is the least efficient way to resolve any kind of dispute. Rather than running to court at the first sign of a dispute, we will typically attempt to resolve the matter with a letter or negotiations – phone calls and in-person meetings are a lot less expensive than litigation in court. However, if that should fail, we typically advise that mediation or even binding arbitration be used in place of litigation.
When litigation is necessary, we zealously represent our clients interests in both state and federal courts. Our attorneys have represented both plaintiffs and defendants in trade secret cases, and focus on providing effective and efficient representation. Early in a case, we focus on reaching cost and effort saving agreements with opposing counsel, such as reasonable limits on depositions and written discovery. Nonetheless, our attorneys zealously contest key issues for our clients. In addition, we strive to keep our clients informed of all key developments as soon as they occur.
You can learn more about trade secrets on the following pages:
If you have a trade secret issue, contact our firm today. You can quickly schedule a time to meet with an attorney, discuss your issue, and be on your way to getting the results that you want!
The Right of Publicity (Personality Rights)
There are more celebrities than ever, which means that the right of publicity, which is also known as personality rights, has become more important than ever. Many of our clients come to us with questions as to whether they can use a particular celebrity’s likeness on a product, and we can assist by researching our clients’ issues and providing an informed legal opinion.
In addition, other clients have come to us with active disputes, such as feeling that their likeness has been used without their permission, or they have been threatened with litigation for allegedly using another’s likeness. In such a case, we strive to resolve our client’s issues effectively and efficiently.
If you have a right of publicity issue, contact our firm today. You can quickly schedule a time to meet with an attorney, discuss your issue, and be on your way to getting the results that you want!
We follow a simple philosophy; namely, that we focus on our client’s objectives and exclude anything and everything that will not help them meet those objectives. We start every representation by finding out precisely what our clients want, and then we tailor our representation to help them achieve their goals. This results in substantially lower fees than most of our competitors, all the while maintaining fantastic quality.
Our intellectual property clients range from creative individuals to venture capital funds and mid-sized technology companies. We tailor our representation to meet the needs of our varied clientele, and cherish the opportunity to work with many creative individuals and companies.
We Can Help!
Don’t leave your intellectual property issues to chance! We have attorneys that are ready, able and willing to assist you with your intellectual property needs. Our rates are reasonable, and we can tailor a solution to help you. Call The Law Offices of Konrad Sherinian, LLC!
January 9, 2018
Sherinian Law excels at delivering results for our clients in the Court House. Our attorneys regularly represent injured persons or the families of persons who died due to the negligence of others. In addition, Sherinian Law represents small businesses in intellectual property disputes and commercial litigation. Our firm has successfully litigated cases in numerous state courts throughout Illinois, as well as in Federal district courts throughout the country.
Our approach is simple.
We invest the time and resources to understand our client’s intellectual property and individual circumstances. We then tailor a strategy for each client to maximize favorable results, taking into account a holistic view of the client’s position.
We have obtained results on both sides of a case. In particular, we have obtained millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for plaintiffs that we have represented. Similarly, we have helped commercial defendants fend off numerous law suits, and in some cases, even recovered attorneys’ fees for our clients.
We follow a simple philosophy when litigating cases. We start with jury instructions from similar cases that were recently used at trial in the court the case is pending in. We then meticulously map out every element of evidence that our client needs to succeed at trial for every claim or defense at issue, and how we will introduce each piece of evidence. This process shapes the entire litigation, from pleadings through discovery and summary judgment, and into trial. While other firms focus on obtaining “complete discovery,” or focusing on a summary judgment motion that is not likely to be granted, we focus on preparation for trial.
A welcome benefit of our focus on trial is that we force the other side to face the weaknesses in their case early, which makes settlement all the more likely. In addition, by focusing on the specific evidence required to prove or oppose a claim or defense at trial, we are not scrambling at the last minute to prepare or oppose a summary judgment motion.
Last, but not least, we believe every client has a right to honest counsel. We’ll let you know the merits and problems of your case early, and we will update you regularly on the progress of your case.
If you have a litigation related question or situation requiring litigation and would like to discuss it with us, please contact us via telephone or email. You may also fill out our online inquiry form and we will strive to get back to you within 24 hours.
January 9, 2018
If you are looking to secure a trademark for your company, you may want to consult with a Chinese trademark lawyer Chicago IL trusts from the Law Offices of Konrad Sherinian. The lawyers at this firm have helped dozens of companies protect their brands over the years. A lawyer from this firm may help you register your trademark with little hassle.
Why Is a Trademark Important for a Business?
No matter what type of business you own, a trademark is an important asset to have. Without a trademark, it may be difficult to differentiate your brand from others. If you secure a trademark with the help of a Chinese trademark lawyer in Chicago IL, here are some of the benefits your business may receive:
Customers Can Find Your Business More Easily
With so much competition out there these days, it can be difficult to distinguish your company from all the rest. Consumers may choose other brands over your company. If you establish a trademark, customers may recognize your brand more easily and may be less likely to look at other options.
Trademarks May Increase Your Brand’s Value
Because trademarks appreciate over time, they may help grow your company’s value. With a good trademark, you may be able to grow your business’s reputation and expand it if you choose to.
Trademarks May Help You Retain Good Employees
If you have a Chinese trademark lawyer Chicago IL counts on help you secure a trademark, you may have an easier time retaining good employers. An established trademark may inspire employees to have more positive feelings about your brand, encouraging them to work hard for your company. Employees may also stay with your company for a long time.
Trademarks Are Inexpensive
Another good aspect of trademarks is that they do not come at a high price. A Chinese trademark lawyer Chicago IL relies on may likely not charge more than a few hundred dollars to register a trademark.
Hiring a Trademark Lawyer
Registering a trademark can be a long and complicated process if you do not hire an experienced Chinese trademark lawyer Chicago trusts to help you. At the Law Offices of Konrad Sherinian, a skilled lawyer may register your trademark in a timely manner, so you have more time to run your business.
After asking you specific questions about your brand, a Chicago Chinese trademark lawyer may get straight to work on registering your trademark. He or she may take care of all the paperwork and make the process as easy as possible for you.
At the Law Offices of Konrad Sherinian, we understand how important a trademark is for your business and want to help you register it. We are very precise and may help you secure a trademark that helps your business stand out from all the rest.
Do not wait to hire a lawyer to help you secure a trademark for your business. If you are searching for a Chinese trademark lawyer Chicago IL offers, contact the Law Offices of Konrad Sherinian at (312) 981-5004.
January 9, 2018
Medical malpractice occurs when a health care provider does not comply with the applicable standard of care in a given medical field. For example, medical negligence can arise due to misdiagnosis, failure to provide appropriate medical treatment, or as a result of a delay in treatment that should have been given. Medical malpractice may occur if a patient is not carefully monitored during surgery, when a necessary test is not undertaken, or when medicine is improperly prescribed or improperly administered. How do judges and juries determine what is the applicable “standard of care” owed by a physician or hospital? The answer often depends on where the treatment took place and the operative discipline of medicine.
If your loved one has been injured or lost due to a medical professional’s negligence, we understand the emotional and financial strain that results. Count on the Law Offices of Konrad Sherinian to provide you with timely communication, trustworthy advice of options, and experience in dealing with complex legal matters.
The process of resolving medical malpractice cases is complicated. Illinois law requires that before a lawsuit can be filed, the case must be reviewed by a consulting physician, and the physician must agree that there is evidence supporting a lawsuit sounding in malpractice or “negligence.” If you feel that you or a family member has suffered an illness or injury due to negligence, it is important to consult with a skilled attorney.
Contact a Medical Malpractice Lawyer Naperville IL Trusts
Contact The Law Offices of Konrad Sherinian today at (630) 318-2606. If you or a family member have suffered an injury as a result of medical negligence you can trust our firm to fight for the justice you deserve.
January 9, 2018
Every day you and your loved ones drive in cars to get to work, take the bus to school and use the roads to get to where you have to go in your busy life. Unfortunately, some people on our roads do not drive safely or become distracted. That can lead to a crash which causes you or a loved one catastrophic injury, or even wrongful death.
The Law Offices of Konrad Sherinian helps people and families who are victims of car accidents recover money for their medical bills, lost wages, disabilities and physical and mental suffering. We handle these matters with compassion and authority.
How Do I Work With the Insurance Company?
Our firm has many years of experience successfully fighting insurance companies and know that it is important to take quick action. You should contact our auto accident lawyers before you speak to anyone from the other party’s insurance company.
The Law Offices of Konrad Sherinian will handle the other insurance company for you, conduct an immediate investigation and work to preserve key evidence such as photographs and videos of the vehicle damage. We often investigate the crash scene ourselves or with the assistance of an accident reconstruction expert and we locate and interview the witnesses to the crash. Typically, our car accident lawyers will preserve the other vehicle’s “black box” which records data on how fast that vehicle was going and what actions were taken immediately before the crash. That evidence is important in case the other driver changes their story to avoid taking responsibility for causing your catastrophic injury.
Our crash investigation includes determining whether any automobile defect caused the crash or made your injuries worse than they should have been. Such defects can include airbag deployment failure, seat back failures, seat belt failures, tire failure and design defects that lead to inappropriate roof crush, vehicle rollover or occupant ejection.
We understand that injured victims and their loved ones have many questions, concerns and fears after a car or other transportation accident. Our attorneys are ready to answer those questions, calm those fears and recover money to help make up for the harms and losses caused by catastrophic injuries and wrongful death from auto accidents.
Our Naperville and Chicago automobile accident lawyers handle all personal injury cases on a contingency basis, which means that you will not pay any attorney’s fees unless you receive a monetary recovery for your damages. Many larger firms pressure their clients to settle quickly, for a fraction of what their claim is worth. We will never pressure you to settle for less than what your claim is worth.
Contact The Law Offices of Konrad Sherinian today for a free consultation at (630) 318-2606. You can trust our firm to fight for the justice you deserve.