TechLaw LLP is a boutique business and intellectual property (IP) firm based in San Diego, California. It was founded in 2009, when several distinguished intellectual property attorneys came together to form a unique IP firm without the drama and overhead of traditional firms. Since then, we cultivated a unique and diverse team of Ph.D-level patent attorneys, business-savvy transactional attorneys, and part-time brand gurus that enable us to collaborate on efficient, global solutions for our clients around the world.
As experienced intellectual property attorneys with advanced degrees in a variety of scientific and engineering disciplines, our uncommon skill set enables us to work with virtually any technology. In addition to our deep, technical knowledge, our attorneys’ hands on entrepreneurial experience offers a unique perspective to our clients when providing legal advice.
With recent globalization and the nature of intellectual property, we recognize the magnitude of our clients’ needs. Our firm has far reaching capabilities with the ability to manage clients’ matters worldwide through a network of foreign associates. At the same time, our unique business model allows us to offer an unmatched agile, individualized and affordable attorney service.
- Business Formation
- Brand Consulting/Development
- Civil Litigation
- Commercial Transactions
- Due Diligence
- Opinion Practice
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Trade Secret
TechLaw, LLP has coordinated with law firms in over 40 countries to register and enforce IP throughout the world.
US Patent Applications Filed
Trademark Applications Filed
Business Entities Formed
What We Stand For
We’ve got nothing to hide. And why should we? You’re our partner in this, so we keep all communication, time estimates, agreements, project progress and pricing out in the open.
Unlike most firms, we have eliminated needless overhead from our operation, which enables us to provide unparalleled service at a fraction of the cost. In short, we use digital means to deliver value and responsiveness without wasting your time and money.
We believe in demystifying the legal process for our clients and not charging extra for it either. Understanding is essential, so we invest in your brain just as much as your goals.
We approach every legal issue we encounter with a global perspective. Our goal is not to bandage an injury. It is to prevent injuries from happening in the first place, and enable you to focus on your business, rather than legal headaches.
Frequently Asked Questions
Every situation is unique, particularly in IP, where the analysis almost always involves a multi-factor balancing test. These are general answers. They are not a replacement for a true, individualized consultation with an attorney. To have your specific questions answered, please schedule a consultation.
What rights does the IP owner have?
The object of IP is to protect a work that has only an abstract existence and therefore cannot be perceived by the senses, unlike a building or a car. However, like material goods, intellectual creations may be subject to a property right. It is necessary to distinguish between two concepts when speaking about IP: moral rights and economic rights.
What is a moral right?
This grants the author paternity of the intellectual creation and protects the personal and reputational value of a work, as opposed to its purely monetary value. Moral right is especially important under copyright law since the author has the right to decide whether they want to disclose the work to the public. They can set the conditions of its commercial exploitation and defend its integrity. As the author is deemed to have the moral right to control their creation, moral right relates to the connection between an author and their creation.
What is an economic right?
This relates to a creation’s commercial value and grants the author a monopoly to exclusively exploit their creation for a certain period. This fosters industrial and commercial relations as well as creativity. Under this monopoly, right holders can prevent third parties from using, manufacturing and selling the creation without authorization. If rights are infringed the author can take legal action against unlawful use of their literary, artistic or industrial creations.
What is Copyright?
Copyright is a system for protecting “original works of authorship” (e.g., books, movies, music, paintings, etc.) that are “fixed in a tangible means of expression,” meaning recorded, written down, or stored in some other means that people can see (i.e., not merely an idea).