Law Offices of Carl W. Covert

(210) 372-8308

Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Intellectual Property

Copyright & Trademark Law in San Antonio, TX


You've worked hard to come up with a creative work—make sure that your ideas are protected. We specialize in copyright law and trademark law in San Antonio, TX.


Our experienced lawyers can help you be more knowledgeable about copyright law. Copyright provides the legal protection for original works of authorship that include such items as books, manuals, packaging copy, software/firmware source code, images, music, and websites. Registering your copyright provides significant additional benefits. To obtain the fullest effect of these benefits, you should register your work within three months after you first publish it. Failing to meet this deadline could limit your recovery in a copyright suit. But, "publication" under the copyright laws is not the same as publishing a work with a publisher; it has a much broader definition and your actions may constitute a publication without you even realizing it. 

Copyright law provides the owner the exclusive right to do and to authorize others to do the following:

  • Reproduce the work in copies or in any other medium.
  • Prepare derivative works based upon the work.
  • Distribute copies or phono records of the work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending.
  • Perform the work publicly, in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, motion pictures, and other audiovisual works.
  • Display the copyrighted work publicly, in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works, including the individual images of a motion picture or other audiovisual works.
  • Perform the work publicly by means of a digital audio transmission, in the case of sound recordings.

Registering the copyright is a prerequisite to bringing a copyright infringement lawsuit.   Copyright protects your creativity and hard work, and we can help you register your copyright, enforce your copyright against others, or defend you against copyright infringement and related claims.  We are experienced in bringing and defending copyright infringement lawsuits, and are familiar with common mistakes made during registration that could affect your copyright claim during litigation. We can offer you the service of searching for infringing matters on the internet and help you stop infringements and receive damages for the infringement.


Knowing the difference between trademark and service marks is important, that is why legal expertise about trademark law is so important. A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol, or design—or a combination of words, phrases, symbols, or designs—that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others. A service mark is the same as a trademark, except that it identifies and distinguishes the source of a service rather than a product. Throughout this site, the terms "trademark" and "mark" refer to both trademarks and service marks.

Your trademark is a symbol of your business's reputation and should be protected accordingly. We can assist you with acquiring trademark registrations, enforcing your trademark rights against others, or defending you against trademark infringement and related claims.

Trademark rights develop simply by conducting business under one or more particular words, names, symbols, or devices, but registering your trademark provides significant advantages. We prosecute trademark applications to obtain trademark registrations. Our experience with the trademark process allows us to efficiently and effectively represent our clients' intellectual propertY. This experience helps us identity avoidable issues from the outset and helps us address issues that arise when the application is examined by the United States Trademark Office. Initially filing the trademark application may be deceptively simple, but choices you make at the initial filing can likely affect your rights in the long run.

We are also experienced in bringing and defending trademark infringement lawsuits, and you may be entitled to legal recourse against someone using a trademark that is confusingly similar to yours, even if you don't have a registration. Many of the same issues that arise during trademark prosecution also arise during lawsuits and our trademark prosecution experience better helps us protect our clients' interests in trademark infringement litigation. 

We have more than thirty years of experience helping both large corporations and small businesses with the selection, management, protection, and enforcement of trademarks for both the United States and abroad. Below is a list of legal services we can provide:

  • Searching and Clearing Trademark Availability
  • Providing Trademark Availability Opinion Letters
  • Filing and Prosecuting Trademark Applications
  • Responding to Office Actions with the United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Assisting with and Managing Applications for Trademarks in Foreign Countries through Affiliations with Trademark Attorneys in Foreign Countries
  • Conducting Oppositions and Cancellation Actions in the United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Managing Existing Trademark Portfolios
  • Creating and Implementing Trademark Protection and Enforcement Programs, including the Investigation of Potential Trademark Infringements
  • Licensing and Transferring Trademarks
  • Conducting Trademark Training Programs

Trade Dress

Trade dress is a type of trademark that refers to the image and overall appearance of a product. Trademarks protect brands and the goodwill associated with the brand. A trademark is used to identify the source of goods or services and is used to distinguish the goods and services of one seller or provider from another.  We can help you to preserve your rights in a tradedress issue.

Trade Secrets

A trade secret is any information that has actual or potential economic value if the information remains secret and reasonable efforts have been made to maintain the secrecy of the information. Trade secrets may include information such as recipes, formulas, patterns, compilations, programs, devices, methods, techniques, processes, financial data, or lists of actual or potential customers or suppliers. Regardless of what the information is, it must be kept secret. Business owners should take practical steps to maintain the secrecy. Failing to do so could sacrifice your trade secrets altogether.  We can help your business with policies and procedures to protect your tradesecret by:

  • Working to Identify and Evaluate Trade Secrets
  • Auditing Trade Secret Portfolios and Protections
  • Creating a Trade Secret Protection Program to Fit the Business' Needs
  • Drafting Non-Compete Agreements, Intellectual Property Assignments, and Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreements
  • Establishing Procedures and Tools to Monitor and Police Trade Secrets against Theft and Espionage


Information on this site is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be and is not considered to be legal advice. Transmission is not intended to create and receipt does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Legal advice of any nature should be sought from legal counsel. Please note that we are not certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.


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