Any company or individual who has gone through the process of obtaining a patent or trademark is aware of just how complex an exercise it can be. In fact, a patent application is one of the most complicated documents known to our legal system, and for that reason should ideally be entrusted to an expert in the field.
Patrick J. Hofbauer of Hofbauer Professional Corporation in Burlington, Ontario, is such an expert. What’s more, Patrick is a lawyer who is also registered as both a patent and trademark agent, a welcome notion for local companies that have been forced to look to Toronto or elsewhere for experienced counsel in this specialized area of the law. “In this age of increasing technology, computers have become the great equalizer,” says Hofbauer. “We can now perform all of the same functions as large Toronto firms at a competitive cost. Moreover, we are able to offer our clients a more accessible, personalized approach.”
Patents, trademarks, copyrights, and industrial designs all fall under the general area of Intellectual Property (IP) law which, loosely speaking, concerns itself with the protection of ideas. While all four of these main areas of IP law offer varying degrees of protection, the qualifications for and extent of such protection is often a matter of considerable complexity. There are many grey areas where businesses can easily fall between the cracks, not fitting into any one specific category of IP and thereby losing effective protection for their creative efforts. There is also the risk of infringing the IP rights of others.
“The first thing to do inmost situations is to determine whether a client’s product or other innovation is capable of patent, trademark, copyright, or industrial design protection”, says Hofbauer.
To be capable of effectively translating an inventor’s ideas into a protectable form comes only through years of experience and impeccable qualifications. Patrick Hofbauer has been specializing in the field of intellectual property law for over 35 years. His ability to comprehend the technical aspects of IP law is the result of a combined background in both law and science. As well as being a registered patent and trademark agent in Canada, Hofbauer is one of a small number of Ontario agents registered to do the same in the U.S., a decided advantage for those corporations doing business-or aspiring to-in both countries. Moreover, Hofbauer Professional Corporation has professional contacts in more than 90 countries who are available to assist in procuring and enforcing IP rights on a global scale.