Located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Gardner Linn, specializes in the protection, enforcement, and defense of intellectual property. Our Michigan intellectual property attorneys proudly serve Lansing and the surrounding communities.
A patent is a certificate issued by the federal government that provides an exclusive right to stop others from making, using, selling or offering to sell an invention for a limited period of time, i.e., 20 years from the filing date of the patent application. This right to stop others from practicing a new technical development is in return for a complete disclosure by the inventors of all of the important information relating to the development.
A trademark is any word, name, symbol, sound, color, smell, or device that is used to identify and distinguish the products of a person or company. Most readily recognized traditional forms of trademarks are product names and logos, which the purchasing public often refers to as the "brand" of that product.
Tim's emphasis includes procurement of mechanical, electro-mechanical, and process patents, as well as design patents. Tim has been named in Best Lawyers in America and as one of West Michigan's Best Lawyers by Grand Rapids Magazine.