Custom IP Services
Our customized approach to strategically protecting your IP assets maximizes the present value and future potential of your company. MORE
Our focus is on preparing quality patent applications that are as strong as possible. Protect your company’s innovative ideas from use by others. MORE
Protect your company’s goodwill by securing your trademark rights and monitoring the marketplace to prevent unauthorized use of your trademarks. MORE
Protect your works of authorship by ensuring best practices are followed in your company, and prevent unauthorized use of your materials. MORE
IP Dispute Resolution
Our seasoned IP litigators have the courtroom experience needed to resolve your high-stakes intellectual property disputes. MORE
Intellectual Property Attorneys –
Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, Unfair Competition, and IP Litigation.
Who We Are
Cotman IP is an intellectual property law firm dedicated to protecting our client’s investment in research and development,
content creation, and branding. We are highly qualified attorneys with extensive engineering backgrounds that are knowledgeable
about securing patents for an invention, registering your trademarks or copyrights, and enforcing or defending our client’s
intellectual property rights in Federal court. We represent the interests of start-up companies, small businesses,
established technology companies, and major universities. We know what it takes to build a valuable intellectual property
portfolio as we have taken many of our clients from the start-up phase all the way through a successful liquidity event.
Our focus is on proactively building value for our clients by protecting their intellectual property position whether that be
through patent or trademark applications or through litigation.
Our knowledgeable attorneys and paralegals, combined with the implementation of our IP Diagnostic™ approach to implement
best practices in our client’s organization, give our clients a higher intellectual property valuation then they would
Whether you are an entrepreneur, small business or large enterprise, we know you want to save money where you can and
we understand the role budgets play in selecting your legal counsel. That is why we offer a free initial consultation and
during that consultation bring our expertise to bear so that together we can protect your intellectual property interests.
Our Unique Value
A Proactive Approach to Patent Portfolio Development.
For clients who wish to maximize the value of their intellectual property and develop a true intellectual property portfolio,
our IP Diagnostic™ leaves no stone unturned during our initial client intake. Using the output from this audit we are better
able to architect a plan and corresponding budget that is focused on and aligned with our client’s stated goals. Our goal in
architecting such plans is to create a patent portfolio for our clients that will provide a solid return on investment resulting
from an increased intellectual property valuation. As your company evolves we modify and fine tune our value building approach to
fit the current dynamic of your business. Cotman IP provides our clients with proactive patent portfolio development and
invention harvesting strategies so that our clients are able to secure and then recognize the value of their patent portfolio.
Patent searching and state of the art analysis
Patent portfolio strategies
infringement and/or invalidity opinions
Freedom to operate opinions
Patent Infringement Litigation
We know the value of patents and when we see opportunities to monetize our
client’s patent assets, we have no problem putting our money where our mouth is and bringing our highly qualified team
of trial attorneys to bear with creative fee arrangements. Our patent monetization and licensing strategies are carefully
thought out and thoroughly researched before any legal action is taken. Before we accept a case we put it through a
rigorous legal analysis. For any case we do accept, whether it be patent infringement litigation on a contingency
basis or otherwise, we go to the mat and will litigate it through to trial if that is what it takes to get a successful
outcome. Our experienced trial attorneys are highly qualified when it comes to litigating:
Patent infringement cases in Federal Court
Patent troll and NPE infringement defense
Patent enforcement and monetization strategies
ITC Section 337 patent cases, exclusion orders
Trademark infringement cases in Federal and State court
Copyright infringement, unfair competition and trade secret matters
Entertainment contract and rights disputes
IP Attorneys – Patent Attorneys – Trademark Attorneys – Copyright Attorneys,
Patent litigation attorney, trademark litigation attorney, copyright litigation attorney:
Serving clients in the United States, worldwide and locally in greater Los Angeles including Pasadena, Santa Monica, Venice, Playa Vista, Silicon Beach, Beverly Hills, Burbank, Hollywood, Eagle Rock, Universal City, Glendale, North Hollywood, South Pasadena, San Fernando, Sherman Oaks, Silver Lake, Studio City, & West Los Angeles, Vernon, Alhambra, Monterey Park, Culver City, Arcadia, Van Nuys, Northridge, Monrovia.
Our IP Blog
Is an Ordinary Designer an Ordinary Observer?
High Point Design LLC v. Buyers Direct, Inc. The Federal Circuit, dealt with two different kinds of ordinary: the ordinary observer and the ordinary designer. Quiet clearly, the Federal Circuits, sees a difference between the two ordinary people. The judgment might however be incompatible with KSR ruling of the supreme court. Under Federal Circuit law, […]
Posted on September 26, 2014
The Death of Non-Compete Agreements in CA
Many employers prefer Employment Agreements that contain non-compete language. While often thought to be desirable by employers, in California the large majority of such contracts are no good. The view of the California Supreme Court is and has been that California Business & Professions Code 16600 unambiguously prohibits post-employment restrictions that limit an employee’s ability to […]
Posted on September 19, 2014
Monkey Business: Are Animal Selfies Copyrightable?
Monkeys conducting monkey business get no respect and no legal rights when it comes to photography. In 2011, British photographer David J. Slater was shooting photos at a park in Indonesia when a monkey known as a crested black macaque swiped one of his cameras. According to Slater, “they were quite mischievous, jumping all over my equipment […]
Posted on September 10, 2014