Intellectual Property

Navigating the complex development of IP policy

Williams & Jensen has closely guarded our clients’ intellectual property interests for more than 30 years. The firm has represented some of the nation’s most successful creators of sound recordings, motion pictures, publications and pharmaceutical products.

Over the years, we have steered clients through contentious and often unpredictable Congressional and Executive Branch deliberations. We have worked extensively on legislation related to copyright, patent and trademark law, maintaining close contacts with officials at the Patent and Trademark Office and the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, which have jurisdiction over intellectual property law.

The substantive and political debates that led to the consideration and adoption of the Audio Home Recording Act of 1992 began a new chapter in copyright protection. Williams & Jensen was deeply involved in the Home Recording Act and subsequent copyright law battles. These include the Digital Performance Right in Sound Recording Act, Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension and Fairness in Music Licensing Act.

Today, Williams & Jensen is engaged in the current effort to enact major revisions to patent and copyright law. We are staying in close contact with our allies in Congress and the Executive Branch to vigorously safeguard our clients’ interests.