The Potts Law Firm LLP has a strong practice in intellectual property, and in the past several years, we have developed deep experience in the protection of copyrights in architectural works. We have handled more than a hundred cases of copyright infringement of architectural works in the past several years in federal courts throughout the country. These cases can involve dozens of different home designs, a number of issues of copyright law, and extensive expert testimony concerning architectural issues and damages calculations.
Our firm represents some of the largest residential stock home plan designers in the nation and actively assists them in policing their portfolio of copyrighted designs.
Intellectual property rights, such as the registration and enforcement of architectural copyrights, can be a significant factor in the continued business success of an architect, builder, designer or contractor. We strongly encourage architects, designers, builders and contractors to register copyrights for any building or home that they have drawn and/or designed. Our architectural copyright law attorneys understand the significant ramifications that the enforcement or defense of these copyrights can have. Our lawyers provide the highest quality representation to those individuals or businesses faced with disputes involving architectural copyright issues. Our primary goal is to develop a litigation strategy, individually tailored to each client’s specific case that is both aggressive and cost effective – whether this means attempting a resolution pre-suit, at mediation, or at trial.
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types of intellectual property claims we handle
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
There are many different kinds of injuries that are handled by personal injury lawyers and some lawyers specialize in certain types of cases. The most common kinds of personal injury claims include the following:
- Traffic accidents involving cars and trucks (which can also include motorcycle accidents and bus collisions)
- Work-related accidents (including those that involve workers’ compensation or workman’s compensation claims)
- Slip and fall accidents
- Injuries suffered as a result of an assault
- Accidents occurring in someone’s home
- Product liability (defective product manufacture or design defects)
- Medical malpractice claims (negligence by doctors, medical staff, dental accidents which can also include injuries to the brain, head, and spine, and to children during child birth)
- Toxic torts or industrial disease claims, such as injuries resulting from asbestos, mesothelioma, lead poisoning, chest related diseases (which includes emphysema, pneumoconiosis, silicosis, chronic bronchitis, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and chronic obstructive airways disease)
- Job-related stress disorders (such as deafness, occupational stress, contact dermatitis, and repetitive strain injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome)
This means that the law firm will work on your case and usually advance the expenses of litigation, but will not charge you unless and until they recover money damages for you.
Yes, most of the time as you’ve just read. There are a few exceptions when a law firm might not pay up-front expenses of a personal injury lawsuit. The first instance is when the case is not very strong but the client still wishes to go ahead with the lawsuit. An attorney may not wish to undertake all the high financial risk of a tenuous case by paying all the up-front expenses and relying only on a contingency fee. Another instance occurs where a reasonable settlement offer is made to the client but the client refuses to accept the offer against the advice of the law firm. If the client wishes to continue to pursue the case in the hope of receiving more money, the client will need to pay for future expenses and may be required to reimburse the law firm for prior expenses.
No, you will not owe the firm/attorney anything if we don’t win your case, this is a gamble that the firm takes and must consider when taking a new case.