Virginia Intellectual Property Attorneys

From copyright and infringement cases to trademarks and marketing materials, our attorneys have the knowledge you need to protect your intellectual property rights.

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Our Mission

We deliver quality legal representation to clients who need help navigating a complex and often confusing legal system.

Our attorneys and staff are committed to promoting access to justice in our local community and beyond through our detailed online guides, affordable payment plans, and client-centered approach to each and every case.

Who We Are

We’re a collection of experienced attorneys, dedicated support staff, and savvy tech professionals. We’re innovators, difference makers, and advocates for justice.

Most importantly, we’re a group of people who genuinely want to help our neighbors with their legal problems.

Our attorneys recognize that the ones who need legal services the most are often the ones who can afford it the least.

At Tingen & Williams, we’re trying to correct this problem.

How We Can Help With Your Intellectual Property Case

Our attorneys and staff have the know-how you need to resolve your case both quickly and efficiently.

From trademark registration and small business marketing to copyright and infringement cases, we’re ready and able to help you with all of your intellectual property needs.

Call us at (804) 477-1720 to schedule your free 15-minute phone consultation, or check out our extensive knowledge base and resources library to learn more about intellectual property law!

Ready to Hire an Intellectual Property Attorney?

Call us today at (804) 477-1720 to schedule your free phone consultation, or fill out the form to the right.

Navigating IP law can be tough. Hire an attorney who can provide the guidance you need to resolve your case quickly and efficiently.

We are grateful to everyone at Tingen & Williams, they are professional and efficient. We recommend them without reservation to anyone looking for trademark protection.

Aaron Stewart

SoloSEO.com

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The communication is quick and responsive. I like how you’re in a central place in Richmond, I like how good they are in English and Spanish. I keep recommending people because you give great service and you keep getting good results.

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Learn More About What Sets Us Apart

Our attorneys and staff have made a committment to promoting access to justice in our local community.

In this way, we take a different approach to legal services by focusing on the ways we can solve the most common problems people have with law firms:

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Problem: It's hard to get in touch with my attorney.

At Tingen & Williams, we’ve made a commitment to always respond to client contacts within one business day.

When you’re already dealing with the stress of a copyright infringement case or other complicated intellectual property matter, quick and consistent communication is very important.

Whether you want a simple update or you want to better understand the strategy in your case, our attorneys and staff will be there for you throughout the process.

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Problem: I've heard about attorneys that will promise one thing and then deliver another, so I'm worried about what to expect.

No attorney can guarantee specific results for legal matters.

Instead, we aim to help clients understand every aspect of their case before moving forward.

There’s no such thing as a “sure-thing” in the legal world, but we’ll do our best to make sure you know what to expect in your case.

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Problem: I never know what's going on in my case, and my attorney never explains anything.

We believe that an informed client is a happy client.

From our firm’s extensive Knowledge Base to our client-focused consultation structure, we’ve developed our business around making sure our clients understand what we’re doing at every step in their case.

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Problem: Attorneys are too expensive, and I'm worried that I won't understand where my money is going.

We believe in giving everyone access to justice, and we try to reflect this ideal in every aspect of our practice.

For this reason, we’ve taken steps to make the legal process as affordable and accessible as possible for all of our clients.

While it’s no secret that some hotly contested intellectual property cases can get expensive quickly, our attorneys ensure you only pay for the services you need.

Further, our transparent billing practices can help you know ahead of time exactly where your money is going.

Meet Our Intellectual Property Attorneys!

Regardless of whether you need to register a new trademark for your business or if you just want to talk to someone about your copyright ingringement case, our attorneys have you covered.

Please take a moment to learn more about us below, or reach out to us at (804) 477-1720 if you’d like to know more about any of our attorneys or their practice!

Jacob Tingen

Jacob Tingen

Managing Partner

Jacob is an attorney with several years of experience in the areas of immigration, personal injury, and business law. He is currently the managing partner at Tingen & Williams and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Richmond School of Law.

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James Williams

James Williams

Attorney

James focuses his practice on intellectual property law and family law. Whether the case is contested or uncontested, James is committed to helping his clients pursue the best possible outcome in their specific situation.

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Hire an Attorney Who Cares

Our attorneys believe in using a combination of legal expertise and cutting-edge technology to solve problems for our clients.

Whether that’s providing you with free downloads and resources or minimizing the cost of your case by using digital tools, we believe in leveraging our experience and know-how to make sure you receive the best possible outcome in your intellectual property matter.

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Online Tools and Billing

To help make things easier for our clients, we try to put as much of our representation online as possible.

This includes online forms you can fill out to streamline our representation in your case and invoices emailed straight to your inbox.

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More Than "Just" Intellectual Law

As a general practice firm, we offer a variety of services that can help you further navigate the legal system once your case is over.

From business registration to litigation, we’ve got you covered no matter the legal issue.

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Access to Justice

At the conclusion of your legal matter, you’ll be provided with a coupon code to sign up for our subscription retainer service, Access, absolutely free for two months.

With your free two months of Access, we’ll be able to finish up any minor legal issue that arise after your we resolve your case.

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Free Resources and Downloads

Alongside our online tools and easy-to-use website, we provide a mountain of information, and a growing stockpile of books, downloads, and resources to help you get the most out of your legal representation.

Ready to Hire an Intellectual Property Lawyer?

Call us today at (804) 477-1720 to schedule your free phone consultation, or fill out the form to the right.

Navigating IP law can be tough. Hire an attorney who can provide the guidance you need to resolve your case quickly and efficiently.

They are very good. Tingen & Williams has always had the right price and the payment plans are very helpful. They make time for me and they treat me well. I recommend them.

Jessica Mejia

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They are very good. Tingen & Williams has always had the right price and the payment plans are very helpful. They make time for me and they treat me well. They have been able to give me appointments when I need them, they speak great Spanish, and they are very nice. I recommend them.

Jessica Mejia

Free Resources and Downloads

Getting Started

United States Trademark Law: The Ultimate Guide

Copyright Basics: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Creative Works (Coming Soon!)

Copyright Resources

How to Copyright a Creative Work (Coming Soon!)

How to Copyright a Book or Other Literary Work (Coming Soon!)

Should I Register a Copyright for My Creative Work? (Coming Soon!)

What is Fair Use and How Does it Affect My Copyright? (Coming Soon!)

Intellectual Property FAQ

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What's the legal definition of intellectual property?

Intellectual property (IP) is typically defined as the property-based rights associated with various types of creations such as copyrights, trademarks, patents, and trade secrets. 

For example, if you create a logo for your business, you will usually own all rights pertaining to the use, distribution, or sale of that logo.

It may be possible to register your logo as a trademark or copyright depending on the circumstances.

Your rights to the various types of IP are seen as a limited monopoly over the protected property.

As such, these rights can expire after a certian period of time.

If someone uses your IP or copies it without your permission, then you may be entitled to compensation or an injunction to prevent further infringement.

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What is a trademark?

A trademark is a designation of origin for a particular set of goods or services.

Trademarks can be in the form of design logos or words, and in very limited cases in the forms of color or sound.

Having a registered trademark does not automatically prevent other people from using your brand name or logo in every field or service, but it may prevent people from using your brand in the same or related goods or services.

Prior to applying to register your trademark, it is crucial that you talk with an attorney to determine whether there are any potential blocks for your brand name or logo.

Whether you currently own a trademark that is in the application stage and encounter an issue or if you are choosing a new trademark, you should consider contacting a trademark attorney.

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What is a copyright?

In strictly legal terms, a copyright is an original work of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression, now known or later developed from which they can be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated, either directly or with the aid of a machine or device.

There are several rights associated with a copyright, including, but not limited to, reproduction, distribution, public performance, and public display.

This definition applies to most original works of authorship, such as literary works, musical works including accompanying words, dramatic works, including any accompanying music, pantomimes and choreographic works, pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works, motion pictures and other audiovisual works, sound records, and architectural works.

Authorship is important because only a person who is legally the owner of the work is eligible to apply for the copyright.

Copyright protection generally does not extend to ideas, basic plot lines or tropes, and systems or processes.

For more information about your specific circumstance, contact an IP attorney.

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What are the benefits of hiring an intellectual property attorney?

Put simply, an intellectual property attorney will know the best strategies and practices for protecting your IP:

An attorney can help you register your IP or counsel you prior to registering your IP.

They can also help you properly license rights to your IP to third parties so you can maintain your IP and make it profitable.

Most importantly, an attorney can help you assess potential damages for infringement of your IP and discuss appropriate strategies that make sense for you.

While you may not feel you need an attorney for some tasks like copyright registration, it is never a bad idea to consult with an attorney to effectively protect your IP.

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Are there different kinds of intellectual property?

Yes. There are four general kinds of intellectual property:

  • Trade secrets
  • Trademarks
  • Copyrights
  • Patents

Our firm is able to provide counseling for copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. We do not provide counsel regarding patents.

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What is "fair use" in copyright law?

Fair use is a legal defense for copyright infringement.

However, this defense largely rests on the specific facts of the case, and there is a large area of uncertainty on how to apply it.

Put simply, you are admitting that you infringed someone’s copyrighted work, but you claim to have a defense or a justification for your use.

If your defense is unsuccessful, then you have already told the court you copied, and the court basically just calculates damages owed to plaintiff.

To assess fair use, the court reviews 4 factors on a case-by-case basis: 

  • The purpose and character of the use (i.e. Was your use for parody, commentary, criticism, etc.?)
  • The nature of the copyrighted work (i.e. Was the plaintiff’s copyright for something that involves more facts or creative elements and what is protectable?)
  • The amount and substantiality of the portion taken (Did you copy a small portion or sound bite, or did you copy an entire book?)
  • The effect of the use upon the potential market of the copyrighted work (Is your infringement preventing financial gain from plaintiff in related markets?)

Certain uses have been stipulated as more worthy of protection under fair use, but there are limits to how those uses can apply (i.e. news reporting, educational uses, criticism).

Many issues surrounding fair use are still in the process of being decided, so there is no bright-line rule for fair use, generally.

Should you receive a DMCA-takedown notice and/or a cease and desist letter threatening suit for copyright infringement, you should absolutely consult with an IP attorney immediately. 

If you have any questions about potential projects or creations, then you should also consider consulting an attorney to avoid infringement where possible.

Ready to Hire an Intellectual Property Attorney?

Call us today at (804) 477-1720 to schedule your free phone consultation, or fill out the form to the right.

Navigating IP law can be tough. Hire an attorney who can provide the guidance you need to resolve your case quickly and efficiently.

The attorneys and their staff offer excellent service!

Jessica Maide Sanchez Segovia

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The attorneys and their staff offer excellent service!

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Tingen & Williams

1801 Bayberry Court
Suite 203
Richmond, VA 23226
P: (804) 477-1720
F: (804) 505-0997