Precise licensing agreements are required in order to effectively exploit patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. Understanding the intricacies of licensing agreements is crucial if you wish to enter a business arena that is restricted because of intellectual property concerns or if you wish to increase your revenue by controlled sharing of your own intellectual property. It is vital that you have the help of a lawyer who has licensing expertise to ensure that these complex matters are addressed in a way to protect your rights and reduce your exposure to risk. In such matters, a small detail overlooked can cause significant future losses. Hence, the need for the guidance of a seasoned legal professional.
In some cases we are able to mediate an alternative dispute resolution, arbitration or out-of-court settlements for our clients.
We will assist you with negotiations in order to reach a favorable agreement, and if appropriate, advise when the terms offered are not in your best interests. Our personal attention to drafting and reviewing such agreements allows you to avoid generic contracts which fail to encompass your actual needs and actually impair your efforts to reach your desired goals.
With the exemplary profiles of our attorneys, you can rest assured your business is in good hands. Our firm edits the Licensing Journal and the IP Litigator. Our attorneys have authored more than twenty books on intellectual property and licensing matters. Our firm has negotiated and drafted thousands of license agreements in the product development, trademark, patent and merchandising fields. One of our members has been qualified on more than thirty occasions as an expert witness on licensing and valuation issues. Our firm is available to serve you in connection with any licensing needs you may have.
We Handle Every Type of Licensing, including:
You may be interested in starting a new business, expanding an existing business (extending your territory or the nature of business) or improving the quality of the goods or services of your SME and thereby its market position. In many situations, licensing of intellectual property rights is an effective tool for achieving these business goals.
Businesses, organizations, and individuals who want to provide types of entertainment may require a license or other authorisation from a licensing authority - a local council.
The Rapacke Law Group works with the following types of business to secure favorable entertainment licenses:
The Rapacke Law Group has experience in drafting various agreements between teams and individual athletes and the producers of merchandise and other products. The Rapacke works with college and professional teams, including the MLB and NFL, AAA farm clubs teams on the professional ladder to protect their design, brands, apparel, and logos and to identify and stop counterfeiters, often working with the federal government to investigate claims of counterfeiting and to stop them from manufacturing and selling fake products.
The Rapacke Law Group also represents leagues, conferences, civic recreational programs, educational institutions, and other organizations involved in professional, collegiate, Olympic, and amateur sports.
There’s more to fashion than celebrity trends, runway shows, and new season rollouts. The industry is an economic staple of the North American economy, and fashion licensing is a growing segment.
For toy companies, they often obtain licenses that will dictate where their product is allowed to be distributed and sold. Unauthorized selling of a toy is a form of royalty infringement.
"I hired The Rapacke Law Group to help protect my card game invention with a copyright and trademark. Andrew's team was wonderful in answering all my questions and get my invention protected. I highly recommend working with Andrew, and we definitely will be using him with my next invention. He provided excellent advising in the lead up to producing my prototype and assisted be reviewing all of my paperwork before filing for formation of my LLC. His expedient and thoroughly efficient approach has directly contributed to the foundation of my thriving new business."
"Andrew is a great intellectual property attorney. He's very transparent on price and was very thorough with the provisional patent. He made all the changes I asked for before we filed the patent and he runs a truly fixed fee intellectual property law firm. Other lawyers want to nickel and dime you for every change you make, which can be extremely difficult to pay for inventors just starting out or on a budget. He was easily accessible as well. If he missed my call, I would get a call back within an hour or two. It was a great experience overall and if you are looking for an intellectual property attorney I would highly reccomend you look no further than The Rapacke Law Group."
"Andrew introduced himself to me at a Toy Fair in Chicago. We talked briefly about some projects that I was working on the time, but I already had representation. Andrew offered to give me some advise on a pending patent. I was impressed with his knowledge of the patent process. I hired him to help me with an office action on that same patent. I also hired Andrew to help me put together a Licensing Agreement. I feel that Andrew does a very good job of looking at the agreement from both sides of the fence. He has good judgment and wants to guide you, so that your expectations are realistic."
"I hired Andrew to assist my company with a patent infringement and non provisional patent filing. Andrew is very knowledgeable and easy to work with, and his pricing is very transparent and straightforward which I like. He was also very accessible which I needed during a critical time for my company. I'd definitely recommend and will hire again!"
"Andrew helped our company to apply for a Trademark registration and a Patent. He is always available to answer any questions without charging extra fees for phone conversations or emails. We are very satisfied with the services his firm provided and would definitely recommend Andrew. Thank you!"