Intellectual Property

Ideas have never been easy to protect.

The risks are only bigger in an age when your “creations of the mind” can be discovered, shared, copied or stolen so easily. We will share our broad experience with you to protect your exclusive rights at every step of the process, from idea development through enforcement of those rights in the marketplace. We provide counsel in areas such as music, literary work, artistic work, discoveries and inventions, as well as words, phrases, symbols, and designs.


  • Can we protect the integrity of an image or an illustration that our company created? More

    Yes, you certainly can. We can advise you on how to protect your ownership rights against others who may change what you’ve created, or use what you have created without your permission. We can also help protect you in case your work has been destroyed, so you can maintain the integrity and value.

  • A large publisher wants to distribute software that we developed. What should we do? More

    First, don’t sign anything! As you know, there are many, many steps to sharing your software with a publisher. Talk to us right away. We’ll help you prepare and negotiate the documents you may need: licensing and assignment agreements for copyright and trademark assets; technology transfer agreements (including sale and transfer of domain names and trademarks); software licenses; software development agreements; source code escrow agreements; click/shrink wrap licenses; OEM agreements; website development and hosting agreements; and other intellectual property/technology licenses.

McMillan Metro offers you expertise in:

  • Intellectual Property Guidance
  • Intellectual Property Protection
  • Intellectual Property Transactions
  • Copyright and Trademark
  • Industrial Design Rights
  • Trade Secrets
  • Artist's Rights