Intellectual Property Law
Honeycutt Law Firm, PLLC

Experienced Intellectual Property Law Firm

Protecting Your Creative Property

Intellectual property is created by the human mind. The creativity element distinguishes it from personal, intangible, or real property. Protecting intellectual property is different from protecting other assets. When handling intellectual property, attorneys must consider how to preserve the value of concepts, designs, ideas, and innovations rather than merely tangible items. Honeycutt Law Firm, PLLC protects and maintains the value of books, music, art, inventions, slogans, branding, and business secrets through:

  • Copyrights
  • Trademarks
  • Trade secrets

Registering Your Copyrights

You have an exclusive right to the work you produce when you put it into a tangible form, such as a book, photograph, musical composition, computer program, or movie. Your work automatically gains federal copyright protection upon registration with the United States Copyright Office. Mr. Honeycutt can help you register your work with the U.S. Copyright Office to protect it from unauthorized use, reproduction, or distribution.

Preserving Your Business Image Through Your Trademarks

Trademarks are registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office through a formal application filing process. The Firm is experienced at preparing and filing these detailed applications with the USPTO and seeing that all of the complex requirements are met. Mr. Honeycutt conducts a thorough search of the USPTO database to determine if your proposed mark is already in use. He then assists you through each stage of the application process, including an accurate description and classification of your mark and the goods or services it represents. If the infringement of your trademark occurs, Mr. Honeycutt can explain your legal rights to an injunction or lawsuit against the infringer for any damages you may have suffered.

Safeguarding Your Business’ Trade Secrets

A formula, recipe, method, process, or plan distinctive to your business may constitute a trade secret. Trade secrets are intrinsic to the success of your company and give you a competitive edge. When these unique functions are revealed, your company’s value is compromised. The Firm helps you protect your business through non-disclosure agreements and employment protocol. Mr. Honeycutt also is experienced in commercially licensing trade secrets for a greater profit.

Contact a Meticulous Asheville Intellectual Property Attorney

Call Honeycutt Law Firm, PLLC at +1 (704) 997-5450 or contact the Firm online to schedule a telephone consultation.

Franchise Law

Experienced North Carolina
Franchise Law Attorney

Franchising your business or buying into an established franchise model can be a lucrative venture. But the key to success is doing it correctly from the beginning. An experienced franchise lawyer can make certain you are on the right track. Honeycutt Law Firm, PLLC assesses the risks and advantages of franchising, as well as the commitment required, so you have sufficient information to support your decisions.

Knowledgeable About All Aspects of Franchise Law

For franchisors, Mr. Honeycutt provides the following services:

  • Explains your rights and obligations
  • Drafts and reviews critical documents:
  • Franchise Agreement
  • Sublease Agreement
  • Equipment Lease
  • Software License
  • Escrowed Lease Assignment
  • Term and Renewal Provisions
  • Transfer Conditions
  • Development Agreement Formulas
  • Protected Territory Arrangements
  • Disclosure Documents
  • Helps formulate franchise payments, royalties, advertising contributions
  • Registers the franchise
  • Ensures compliance with state and federal disclosure requirements
  • Discusses trademark issues

For franchisees, the Firm ensures your interests are protected by reviewing the terms and conditions in your franchise agreement for:

  • The Term
  • Right to Renew
  • Protected Territory
  • Franchise Opening Requirements
  • Franchise Fee
  • Payment of Royalties
  • Trademark Requirements
  • Transfer Restrictions
  • Termination Provisions
  • Dispute Resolution Parameters

Mr. Honeycutt makes certain you understand your rights and obligations under the agreement. He also vigorously negotiates your agreement with the franchisor if necessary, drafts or reviews the franchise purchase agreement, and champions your interests through the closing.
If you are selling a franchise, he drafts and reviews documents related to the sale of assets, assignment of lease, and assignment of the franchise agreement. Clients trust Mr. Honeycutt to provide concrete advice and outstanding service as they work through the franchise process.

When You Need a Dedicated North Carolina Franchise Law Firm

Call Honeycutt Law Firm, PLLC in at +1 (704) 997-5450 or contact the Firm online to schedule a telephone consultation.