It’s often possible to handle a copyright, trademark, or patent matter on your own, but there are times when an intellectual property lawyer’s assistance can be a big help. (See Ten Ways an Intellectual Property Lawyer Can Help You.)
Why Hire an Intellectual Property Lawyer
Intellectual property law is a specialty, covering technical issues from trademarks to patents, from copyright to trade secrets to licensing agreements.
An experienced IP lawyer can help you protect your ownership interests without wasting time or money. If you decide to hire a lawyer, you’ll want to find someone who focuses only or almost exclusively on intellectual property law, rather than using a general practice lawyer or a lawyer who concentrates on some other legal subject.
Resources for Finding Intellectual Property Lawyers
Here are some recommended ways to find an intellectual property lawyer:
Ask around. Without a doubt, the best way to find a good lawyer is to ask friends, family, work associates. Start with the people you know who own businesses, but consider asking anyone you know and trust. Even if they don’t personally know an IP lawyer, they may know another lawyer they like. And that lawyer may be able to direct you to a good intellectual property attorney.
Ask your local bar association. The New York State Bar Association maintains a lawyer directory. This directory can provide you with names of intellectual property lawyers in your area who are in good standing with the bar association. Do keep in mind, however, that the bar association doesn’t screen the lawyers for the amount of experience they have or for their competence. It’s up to you to interview each attorney to find out whether they have the experience you need.
Online lawyer directories. Here are a few websites that offer directories of attorneys serving . Because different attorneys list with different directories, we offer you a choice so you can consider a selection of IP lawyers. Like bar association directories, these lawyers have probably not been screened for their qualifications or competence. Lawyers usually self-report their information, so be prepared to do your homework and ask each lawyer about their experience before hiring anyone.
- Nolo Lawyer Directory of Intellectual Property Attorneys
- Justia.com State IP Lawyer Directory
- Findlaw Directory of Intellectual Property Lawyers
Low-cost legal aid services. If your income is low, you may be able to get intellectual property assistance or advice from a local legal aid organization.
- Free legal services in State from LawHelpNY
- Your local law school may have a free legal clinic where law students, supervised by their professors, offer legal help. Click on your state to find the law school closest to you.
Finally, if you wish to be directly connected with an intellectual property lawyer in , you can visit our State Lawyers Page and enter your zip code. A local lawyer will then get in touch with you.