Richards Patent Law is a Chicago-based intellectual property law firm that knows early-stage and small business. RPL has worked with over 1,000 emerging companies since our inception. Our broad experience helping clients bring new products to market has given us unique insight into how to best manage your IP strategy.
From ideas on paper through product development to commercialization and beyond, we help clients make smarter decisions about their intellectual property. Not simply whether you can patent your invention, trademark your name, or copyright your software code, but whether you should.
Patents protect new and unique inventions. RPL helps you strategically patent your inventions, in the U.S. and internationally.
Trademarks are the names, logos, and taglines that protect your company's brand. RPL helps you protect your trademarks globally.
Copyrights protect creative expressions, providing the owners with the exclusive right to use and distribute their works. RPL protects your copyrights.
Confidential information can be your business's competitive advantage. RPL helps you keep your most valuable information secret.
Your customers share valuable information through your website. We develop policies to protect both you and your customers.
Minimize the risk of litigation before launching a new product. Know how to deal with allegations that you are infringing a competitor’s patent.
Legal advice for startups goes beyond IP issues. Whether it is forming an entity, hiring, raising money, or negotiating a lease, we can help.
We know early-stage entrepreneurship and we enjoy working with our clients to find the best strategies for protecting their inventions, distinguishing their brands, and building their businesses. At heart, we are problem solvers and teachers. We take pride in patiently helping clients understand and evaluate their options before we move forward to take the appropriate legal action.
Our favorite clients are those whom we guide through the next stage of growth in their business, whether from idea to market or from national to international. It takes care and a trusting relationship to appropriately balance the need for valuable IP protection against the costs of legal services. This is what we do best.Read More
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