Services

AQUILINO LAW is a single member firm which provides legal services in the areas of intellectual property and general business law and contracting.

Our Services

We provide a wide array of legal services.  Click on a description title for more details.

COPYRIGHT LAW

Whether you are looking to protect, enforce, defend or litigate.  We’ve got you covered.

TRADEMARKS

We can help you register your trademarks, enforce your rights, get your domain name back from cybersquatters, and pursue or defend unfair competition claims. 

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY &
ENTERTAINMENT LAW

License your IP to or from others.  Sell or acquire IP.  We also help in all areas of Art Law & Entertainment Law.  

BUSINESS & CONTRACT LAW

We offer general counsel services to businesses, including contract drafting & negotiating, marketing review, employment matters, & business disputes. 

Trademark Registration

We offer cost effective trademark registration services.  If you have a company name, brand, logo or slogan that identifies your company, goods or services, we can help you obtain federal protection of your trademark.  We will also advise you on likelihood of success of obtaining registration for your mark, in order to save you time and money.  Click here to learn more about how we can help protect your trademarks and service marks.

Trademark Enforcement

Trademark infringement often occurs when a competitor is misusing your trademark in advertising in a manner that constitutes unfair competition.  We can advise you if they have gone too far in their use of your trademark, or a confusingly similar trademark.  If their use is actionable, we can help your business get an appropriate remedy.  Click here to discuss whether your competitor has misused your trademark.

Domain names

If someone is using wrongly using your trademark as a domain name, we can help.  The Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy is a process for the resolution of disputes regarding the registration of internet domain names.  We can advise you as to whether you have a case, and if so, we’ll work with you to seek a remedy.  Click here if you have a cyber squatter using your trademark.

Unfair Competition

Competition can sometimes go too far.  A company’s false claims can unfairly take customers away that may have otherwise gone to you.  We can help you resolve disputes involving unfair competition, false advertising, and other misrepresentations.  We are here to help if you have been caught on the wrong side of a claim, as well.  Click here to reach out about your unfair competition issue.    

TRADEMARKS

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY &
ENTERTAINMENT LAW

Licensing

We not only help you to protect and enforce your intellectual property rights, we also help you license your intellectual property.  Licensing your artworks, writings, songs, brands, or other intellectual property asset is the proper way to retain your asset while also earning money for its use by third-party licensees.  There are many pitfalls to watch out for, though.  We can help with your licensing agreements and licensing strategies – whether you need to draft your own license, review a third-party’s license agreement, negotiate fair and favorable terms, or enforce a breach of your license agreement, we’ve got you covered.  While we work primarily with licensors, we also leverage that experience in assisting licensees who want to obtain a license of intellectual property from a copyright or trademark owner.  Click here to learn more about how we can help your business in the world of licensing.   

Intellectual Property Acquisitions

IP acquisitions and assignments can be tricky.  Whether you are hiring a freelancer, commissioning artwork, or acquiring a company’s assets, we can help you properly document the acquisition and record the assignment.  Work Made for Hire, for example has a specific meaning that most companies get wrong.  A lot of businesses contract with an independent contractor and think they are acquiring the IP when in fact the ownership remains with the creator.  We will help you avoid costly mistakes that may result in you not owning the IP.  Click here if you are looking to commission or acquire some intellectual property. 

Art Law

Artist and licensors have a host of issues to consider, including, but not limited to, copyright, trademark and unfair competition, artists’ rights, art fraud, creation of “multiples,” and rights of privacy and publicity.  For example, we can advise you before you license a work that may violate a third party’s copyright, trademark, rights of privacy and/or rights of publicity.  There are a lot of misconceptions out there about what you can and can’t do with someone else’s intellectual property.  Click here if you have concerns that you may be violating a law or another person’s rights with your art.  

Music Law

We also work with musicians who need to navigate the world of split sheets, band contracts, co-writer contract, rights transfers, record deals, producer & remix agreements, distribution contracts, guest performance contracts, and management and agency contracts.  Other legal issues that can present themselves may involve libel and slander, royalties, compulsory cover licenses, and copyright Infringement.  Click here if you are a musician that is ready to obtain legal representation to make sure you are doing things the right way.  

Contracts & Business Agreements

We love contracts.  A good contract is the best defense against something going wrong in the future.  Limitations of liability, indemnification, confidentiality, representations and warranties are all critical to a solid agreement.   We can help your business draft, review, negotiate and enforce almost any kind of contract.   Let us assist your business with its reseller agreements, service bureau agreements, vendor agreements, sales agreements, consulting agreements, master services agreements, statements of work, employment agreement, service bureau agreements, operating agreements, non-disclosure agreements, sweepstakes rules, model releases, representation agreements, license agreements, and more!   A great contract will make the difference between a quick dispute resolution and a lengthy and expensive one.   Click here to discuss how we can help your business with its next contract. 

General Business Counsel

Our principal attorney has over fourteen years working as corporate counsel for both private and public companies.  Besides assistance in contracting, let us assist your business with its marketing and promotional material review, employment issues, compliance matters, collections practices and data privacy.  Liability pitfalls can pop-up anywhere with regulations governing everything your business does, such as the Unfair, Deceptive or Abusive Acts and Practices, CAN-SPAM rules, Telephone Consumer Protection Act rules and a host of employment.   Our principal attorney can come on site or advise you from afar.  Whether you need your first temporary in-house counsel, or you just need to fill in some gaps for an understaffed legal department, we are here to help.  Monthly retainer arrangements are available. Click here to discuss how we can help your business with its general legal needs. 

Business & Contract Disputes

Business disputes usually arise out of a contract or lack of a contract.  We represent all types of businesses in contract dispute matters.  Whether your licensee is breaching your license agreement, or there is a dispute about the interpretation of a contract provision, we can help.  Our attorney’s extensive experience in drafting and negotiating contracts provides a high level of insight into the resolution of contract disputes.  We will counsel your business on your likelihood of success so you can decide how and when to settle or whether to take it to court.  Click here to discuss how we can help your business resolve a dispute.         

CONTRACTS & BUSINESS LAW