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. Several of these cases involved claims worth millions of dollars, and they have produced six-figure, seven-figure, and eight-figure settlements for our clients.
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. With the changes to the Copyright Act in 1990, architectural works expressly became protected. At that time, many designers realized the need to actively protect their copyrighted designs. With our help, our client designers have developed strategies for protecting their most valuable assets, their copyrighted works. Having a structured process of identification of infringement, notices and demands, and enforcement actions to stop and prohibit infringement are all critical elements of this strategy, at which we have proven to be very effective for our clients.
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.
Our attorneys have represented architects, designers, builders and developers in architectural copyright infringement cases. We are experienced in copyright infringement litigation and closely related claims of unfair competition. We have successfully litigated and settled numerous architectural copyright infringement lawsuits involving design/builders or architects whose plans or designs have been copied.
We work closely with architects and design professionals to proactively identify and address potential copyright issues before they arise. We assist our clients with the copyright registration process, and the continuing protection and enforcement of their rights in registered technical drawings and designs. We aggressively pursue and defend architectural copyright infringement claims and look forward to assisting you in protecting or enforcing your intellectual property rights.