Intellectual Property


Blanco Tackabery offers a broad range of intellectual property law services for patent law, trademark law, and copyright law issues in the U.S. and internationally.  We work with franchising, distribution and software development and licensing clients and with a variety of other industries with business models built on intellectual property.

Intellectual Property Law Services

The intellectual property law services we provide include:

Trademark Selection, Clearance and Registration

Our attorneys provide initial counseling regarding selection and clearance of trade and services marks and handle all aspects of registration in the United States, as well as coordinating registrations around the world through our relationships with dedicated foreign counsel. We also craft coexistence agreements or licenses with third parties, evaluate potentially infringing marks, and send or respond to cease and desist letters when necessary.

Trade Dress and Trade Secret Protection

Our attorneys assist our clients in identifying information that may be protectable as a trade secret and provide advice on how to keep trade secret information protected. We help our clients proactively safeguard trade secrets by crafting and reviewing confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements with individuals and other companies and provide recommendations on how to keep trade secret and confidential information confidential. Because we are a full-service firm, our intellectual property attorneys work with our employment attorneys to draft employment and independent contractor agreement provisions that ensure the protection of corporate-owned trade secrets.

Intellectual Property Portfolio Development, Licensing and Transfers

Blanco Tackabery assists clients in selecting and skillfully leveraging intellectual property assets that have the potential to increase the client’s profile, and when possible, reduce the potential for competitors to enter the client’s market space. We also help our clients develop and manage licensing programs and enforce or amend terms to ensure that they realize the full potential of their business relationships.

Intellectual Property in Corporate and Financial Transactions

Our attorneys assist our clients in the context of purchases and sales of intellectual property assets, securitization of intellectual property in financing and joint venture or joint development arrangements. We also assist with intellectual property valuation and status assessments, patent, copyright, trademark and trade dress infringement disputes.

Internet, Social Media and Entertainment

Images and text appearing on the Internet can be copied and used fairly easily – but the ability to copy does not make the act of copying legal. Material appearing on the Internet is entitled to copyright protection and some content may also be protected by trade or service marks. Blanco Tackabery counsels clients regarding infringing activity on the Internet, including social media pages, by helping clients enforce their intellectual property rights. We also counsel clients on how to avoid infringing the rights of others in cyberspace, including sending and responding to “take-down” letters under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Our attorneys also counsel clients with regard to issues relating to film and television projects, publishing agreements, music and content licensing and sponsorship agreements. We vigorously represent clients in disputes that involve the protection of an artist’s intellectual property rights.

Blanco Tackabery represents clients through litigation in both state and federal courts and before the Patent and Trademark Office for trademark registrations, oppositions, and cancellation actions.  We also have attorneys approved to provide intellectual property services to the constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina.

Contact one of our attorneys to schedule an appointment to learn more about our intellectual property law services.