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We provide a full range of services related to Intellectual Property, Patent, Trademark, Copyright, Trade Secret, Unfair Competition, Franchise, Insurance Coverage, and Licensing law. We also litigate Complex Business cases.
What does The Soni Law Firm do?

We provide counseling, negotiation assistance, transactional, and litigation solutions for domestic and international clients. We assist clients in acquiring and registering their intellectual property rights worldwide, enforcing them and defending against the claims of others.

Why should you engage The Soni Law Firm?

We aggressively pursue and cost effectively implement client objectives. Our history of success throughout the U.S. shows that our attorneys know how to apply their specialized knowledge and skills to strategic advantage.

The bottom line:

... we are committed to getting you what you want.

Every conversation was directed to reaching the end result of "winning" the case. We highly recommend The Soni Law Firm. Thank you for your support and encouragement throughout this long and trying ordeal!
Contracts Client, Loreley
Practice Areas

We have purposely chosen to limit our areas of practice and to work only for clients we respect and for whom our services can make a difference. Our choice permits us to be experts and to maintain unsurpassed knowledge and skills. Our passion for our craft and our commitment to our clients drives us to always deliver our best work. We get great satisfaction in helping our clients achieve their objectives.
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Unfair Competition Litigation

  • (Transactional & Litigation)
  • Complex Business Litigation

  • Patents
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation

  • Trademarks & Trade Dress
  • International Trade Law

  • Copyrights
  • Franchise Law

  • Trade Secrets
  • Business Affairs

  • Software & Cyberlaw
  • Music & Entertainment Law

Intellectual property is often the only hedge against competitors today. With it businesses can enjoy protected markets and claim premium pricing for their goods and services. Without it, price competition and instability can cause opportunities for business success to evaporate.

Today’s markets are driving new strategies for developing and managing intellectual property. Companies are increasingly focused on intellectual property assets both as growth catalysts and as currency in mergers and acquisitions. Modest investments in strategic counseling can generate extraordinary returns. We can help you implement an appropriate strategy.

Intellectual property practice involves transactional work and litigation. Evaluation of rights, client counseling, preparation and prosecution of patent, trademark, and copyright applications, administrative appeals, oppositions and cancellations proceedings and licensing are all components of our transactional practice.

Litigation is just one of many dispute resolution processes we employ to overcome claims asserted by others or to secure respect for our client’s intellectual property.

You have to know when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em.

Objectively assessing claims, whether made for or against a client, and knowing which ones to pursue and how vigorously is central to our approach. Intellectual property is immensely important to a business but losing an intellectual property suit can be devastating.

We do all that is possible to ensure we win if a fight is appropriate or inevitable. We always seek to take control of the litigation early in the case and we remain thoroughly prepared at every stage. Temporary restraining orders, preliminary injunctions, product seizures, protective orders, expert witnesses, product surveys and economic analyses are all tools we employ to influence the Court and the jury to rule for our clients. We pursue creative and intelligent strategies and cost efficient solutions to bring the litigation to an early close.

We frequently work with general corporate and business counsel, as well as, general practice firms who desire our firm’s special expertise. We also have strong relationships with firms nationwide and abroad so we can be battle ready anywhere in the world, whenever necessary.

What Can The Soni Law Firm do for your Patenting Program?

The Soni Law Firm assists clients in identifying and prioritizing patentable inventions and in establishing company procedures for managing a patent portfolio using strategies grounded in the realities of commercialization, licensing, and litigation.

The firm has filed and prosecuted patent applications in the U.S. and abroad. We can provide patent related services all technologies, including:
  • Bio-informatics
  • Biotechnology

  • Business Methods
  • Chemistry

  • Computer hardware
  • Electronics

  • Internet
  • Materials sciences

  • Mechanical sciences
  • Medical devices

  • Nano-technology
  • Optics

  • Software
  • Wireless communications

The Firm has lawyers with technical degrees and who have worked as engineers, developers or scientists within their respective fields. The defensive side of our patent practice involves conducting Infringement Analysis, Validity Studies and Design Around efforts. While valid patents should be respected, invalid patents should not be permitted to foreclose valuable business opportunities.

We Can Help You Pursue Profit Opportunities.

The Soni Law Firm was successful in defending our case before the Federal Courts. All of the lawyers on the team at the Soni Law Firm worked for years on our cases and never let up.
Pacific Licensing, President
Patents we have obtained for our clients have successfully protected hundreds of millions of dollars in sales. We have also assisted clients in the licensing of their patent rights and in strategic procurement of patent rights from others.

The firm also frequently works with investors and acquiring companies to assess the patent assets and liabilities of target companies and for financing transactions. Our access to venture capital and other forms of financing, add value by enabling us to offer our clients an integrated approach to valuing, protecting, and commercializing intellectual property.

What Can The Soni Law Firm do for your Trademark Program?

We have expertise in national and international trademark searching and selection. We have local counsel in virtually every country of the world. Clients do not need to retain counsel in every country to get results worldwide.

We screen proposed trademarks and trade names, register and maintain trademarks in the U.S., within hours and at a relatively low cost, and in foreign countries. We regularly handle trademark proceedings before state, federal trademark offices. Once registration is obtained we maintain trademark dockets for required affidavits of use and renewal fees for our clients.

We investigate the trademark claims of others and advice on trademark enforcement issues. We actively monitor use by other for instances of infringement so that our clients’ rights can be protected.

We Can Help You Pursue Profit Opportunities.

A successful product introduction depends on avoiding infringement of the marks of others. Infringement claims can result in expensive litigation, injunctions and large damage awards as well as an embarrassing withdrawal from the market.

We can help in the selection of an appropriate, distinctive and protectable trademark. We work closely with sales and marketing departments of many businesses which often make the mistake of selecting highly descriptive trademarks. Moreover, a mark available and acceptable in one country may be unavailable or offensive in others. Sophisticated counseling, careful search analysis, planning and diligent prosecution can lead to identifying a trademark which will result in marketing success.

Our attorneys work to maintain cutting edge knowledge of the latest developments in the law and how those changes might impact our clients’ interests. The firm provides trademark portfolio management for clients for licensing trademarks in or out.

Litigation can be a profit center. If the business plan includes an enforcement plan, we can create strategies for both sending and responding to cease and desist letters and suing when necessary.

The Soni Law Firm Trademark Enforcement and Defense Program

Our lawyers have a practical, business-oriented approach to identifying and solving all kinds of trademark problems worldwide. We also assist our clients in policing their valuable trademark rights. We use highly developed litigation and alternative dispute resolution skills to stop infringement of client trademarks and to respond to infringement claims by others. Knowing when to fight and when to settle is an art practiced by the firm’s litigators. When a decision is made that the right is too important or the offense too serious, our attorneys move to aggressively and quickly achieve the desired results.

What Can The Soni Law Firm do for your Copyright Program?

I have no hesitation in recommending The Soni Law Firm. They have some of the brightest attorney’s I know and, in my experience, completely scrupulous. It is a pleasure to work with them, as well as being formidably competent.
Patent Application Client, Reuben
Copyrights are available for:
  • Literary works
  • Musical works, including any accompanying words
  • Dramatic works, including any accompanying music
  • Pantomimes and Choreographic works
  • Pictorial, Graphic and Sculptural works (including product configurations)
  • Motion pictures and other audio-visual works
  • Sound recordings
  • Computer programs
  • Architectural works
We can help you understand copyrights, register, license and protect copyrights under U.S. and other copyright laws. Copyright law amendments and changes such as those identified below have created a complex landscape which requires sophisticated approaches to maximize opportunities.
  • The United States’ ascension to the Universal Copyright Convention
  • The Berne Convention
  • The Digital Millennium Copyright Act
  • The Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act
  • Piracy and Counterfeiting Amendments Act of 1982
  • Record Rental Amendment of 1984
  • Semiconductor Chip Protection Act of 1984
  • Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990
  • Architectural Works Copyright Protection Act
  • Computer Software Rental Amendments Act of 1990
  • Semiconductor International Protection Extension Act of 1991
  • Copyright Renewal Act of 1992
  • Audio Home Recording Act of 1992
  • Digital Performance Right in Sound Recordings Act of 1995
  • Anticounterfeiting Consumer Protection Act of 1996
  • No Electronic Theft (NET) Act
  • Fairness in Music Licensing Act of 1998
  • Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act
  • Computer Maintenance Competition Assurance Act
  • Digital Theft Deterrence and Copyright Damages Improvement Act of 1999
  • Work Made for Hire and Copyright Corrections Act of 2300
  • Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization Act of 2302
The Firm also counsels clients on how to develop and reverse engineer computer software and firmware without infringing the rights of others. The firm also frequently negotiates and prepares agreements to resolve controversies involving copyright ownership and infringement.

We Can Help You Pursue Profit Opportunities.

United States law is very favorable for copyright owners. The profit opportunity from licensing and enforcement of copyright interests have grown tremendously in recent years. The United States’ recent adoption of the International Berne Convention makes U.S. copyrights enforceable in many more countries than ever before. Understanding copyrights can be the difference between profiting from your work and watching while someone else does.

The Soni Law Firm Copyright Enforcement and Defense Program

We can obtain seizures of the infringing goods, often without prior notice to the infringers. Infringing goods can be ordered destroyed and injunctions and damages can be obtained. Infringers can also be required to turn over their profits and pay your fees. Powerful tools indeed. We can also make sure you are not fall victim to the. The firm has substantial copyright litigation expertise, both in enforcing and defending copyright infringement claims.

What Can The Soni Law Firm do for your Trade Secret Program?

We assist clients in identifying their important trade secrets and in establishing a comprehensive trade secret protection program that meets the requirements of trade secret law.

A protection program usually includes:
  • The establishment of in-house procedures for handling trade secrets;
  • Preparation of appropriate employment policies, including agreements with key employees;
  • Preparation of suitable confidentiality agreements, with developers, consultants and manufacturers;
The Firm also analyzes the potential for adverse claims of trade secret misappropriation and advises on appropriate courses of action, including for example, the development of parallel technologies using "clean room" techniques, the negotiation of a license to use competing technology, or the use of public domain technology to avoid trade secret claims. In appropriate circumstances, we can develop a licensing-out program or negotiate the sale of commercially marketable trade secrets under favorable terms.

We Can Help You Pursue Profit Opportunities.

Knowledge and information is power and can be an opportunity for profit. Sometimes the best course is utilization of the trade secret while in other cases, licensing may create better immediate revenues. The Firm can help you choose the best course for you and implement appropriate business systems.

The Soni Law Firm Trade Secret Preservation and Enforcement Program

The protection of client trade secrets and the avoidance of infringement of the trade secrets of others are important aspects of the firm’s practice. The Firm has a long history of success.

What Can The Soni Law Firm do for your Software Program?

We can help software clients plan, finance, recruit for their software development program. We can help them preserve the trade secret status of the software while still registering the copyrights without disclosure. We can patent the software as well as the methods software clients develop whether the software is permanently loaded on a chip or portable and deliverable through them mail or the ether.

The Soni Law Firm can help clients navigate through the maze of contractual options to then best development, joint venture, and licensing or technology transfer solution. We can even do it across international borders. We can help secure investments in software and plan for tax, succession and, marital dissolution

And when push comes to shove, we’ll bring the big bat.

In both cases, all charges were dismissed and one of the plaintiff’s patents was invalidated by the court. Intellectual property is probably the most complicated part of civil law and The Soni Law Firm proved they are experts.
Retired Business Owner, Jeff
Whatever it takes, we can help you pursue profit opportunities and with our help you will have a better chance of getting what you want. The Soni Law Firm Software Development, Commercialization and Enforcement Program Most of our client representation for software clients has been in transactions. However, we have also successfully represented software clients in litigation.

What Can The Soni Law Firm do for your Cyberlaw Program?

The Firm counsels guide website operators and content creators through the many laws and regulatory schemes that affect their business, including:
  • Copyright
  • The Digital Millennium Copyright Act
  • Trademark
  • Patent
  • The Electronic Communications Privacy Act
  • The Communications Decency Act
  • The Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act
  • European Union Privacy Directive
  • First and Fourth Amendments rights
We can explain decisions shaping the law of the web; providing facts and analysis of issues such as:
  • Jurisdiction
  • Shrink-wrap Licenses

  • Dilution
  • Application Provider Agreements

  • Linking
  • Consumer Complaint or Gripe Sites

  • Framing
  • Contracts

  • Keying
  • Terms of use statements

  • Meta Tags
  • Software Development Licenses

  • Pop-up Ads
  • Domain Name Disputes

  • Blogs
  • Online Defamation

  • Clip-Art
  • Domain Name Registrations

  • E-mail
  • Domain Name Transfers

  • Privacy
  • Click-wrap Agreements

  • Subpoenas
  • Encryption

  • Gambling
  • Website Privacy Issues

  • Spam
  • Phantom or Anonymous E-mail

  • E-Commerce
  • Data Collection and Disclosure

  • MP3s
  • Web Hosting Agreements

  • Infringement
  • Cybersquatting

  • Electronic Document Retention
  • Website Design

  • Computer Integration
  • ISP Liability

  • Idea Submission
  • Trade Secrets

  • Right of Publicity
  • Telecommuting

  • Digital Signatures
  • Security Issues

  • Insurance Issues
  • Chat Rooms

  • Tax


Why License?

Licensing allows businesses the ability to leverage resources to enter national or worldwide markets that they otherwise could not serve because of a lack of sufficient personnel, finances. Successful licensing depends on knowing and practicing "the art of the deal."

What Can The Soni Law Firm do for your Licensing Program?

We can help you pursue profit opportunities with licensing while avoiding the risks and dangers which accompany certain types of licensable properties. Traditional licensing opportunities are presented for patents, copyrights, trademarks and know-how for hardware and software products, electronics, entertainment, character licensing, health care and a myriad of other markets.

We can assist in technology and content licensing in bound or out-bound for emerging companies, and for Fortune 500 companies, in commercializing of university research and for outsourcing services for both dot.coms and e-commerce players and old-economy firms such as hospitals and restaurant chains. OEM and VAR licensing programs permit exponential growth opportunities. Licensing transactions can involve Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs), Small Business Innovative Research grants, NASA’s EOCAP grant program or other sources for financing. Structured strategic alliances, joint ventures, equity-based and contractual cross-licensing, distribution and co-development deals are all tools we use to help clients achieve mission-critical results.

Special care must be taken, however, when licensing trade secrets and know-how because of the loss of exclusive control over the trade secret information. Licensing trade secrets can also establish a competitor or may result in your licensee getting greater public recognition the licensor. The Soni Law Firm License Compliance and Enforcement Program

Finally, we can help clients establish contract compliance programs to insure you get what you deserve and don’t run afoul of your obligations. As in all business transactions, disputes sometimes lead to litigation.

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