Protecting Your Intellectual Property

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April 1, 2019, Nevada Business Magazine, by John Seelmeyer

Lawyers across the spectrum of intellectual property law are staying in their offices later in the evenings to handle a surge of business, and lawyers from elsewhere in the nation are moving to Nevada to take part in the action.

Mat Trachok, an associate in the business entities and transactions group of McDonald Carano in Reno, is among those who recently set up shop to handle IP work in Nevada. Trachok returned to Reno – he grew up in Nevada – late last year after providing legal counsel to technology firms and other business clients in Boston for six years.

“I don’t know that I would have moved back even a few years ago.  Now the opportunities here seem to be expanding quite quickly,” Trachok says.“The protections available for intellectual property,” Trachok says, “fall into four general categories:  patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets.”  A company also may be able to impose contractual protections on confidential information that it discloses to others.  “The right mix of protections,” he says, “depends on the industry and the company.”

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