An Intellectual Property Law firm that can be found at the intersection of Law, Science, Innovation & Business.

About Us

New ideas can be game changers.  They can disrupt entire markets and change an industry’s playing field virtually overnight.  The stakes are high but so are the rewards.  That’s why big ideas, your big ideas, need to be protected.  But shielding your intellectual property from those who would illegally exploit it is not easy.  It is a complex process that can be fraught with potential pitfalls.

To protect your interests, you need more than just an intellectual property law firm. You need skillful attorneys who can not only help you navigate these legal pitfalls but who can also craft creative intellectual property solutions tailored specifically to your business goals and needs.

Whether blazing a new technological path, fighting for your rights in court, negotiating a licensing agreement or crafting a settlement, we’ll be the strategic partner you need. We are laser-focused on intellectual property law, understand technology and can help you use intellectual property to help you compete more effectively.  

Simply put, we have the legal knowledge, business acumen and real-world experience it takes to protect your intellectual property with innovative solutions that will help you meet the challenges of operating in today’s complex and ever-changing economy.

Who We Are

Sand, Sebolt & Wernow is an intellectual property law firm headquartered in Canton, Ohio. We represent businesses of all sizes from Fortune 500 corporations to sole proprietors…as well as individuals, inventors, musicians, artists and authors. Our staff includes attorneys, patent agents, engineers, Phd’s and administrative staff with extensive expertise and experience in the electronics, mechanical/electro-mechanical, software/hardware, robotics, tire & rubber, power generation, aerospace/defense, utilities, laser amplification, heavy machinery, sensors and semi-conductor industries. 

What We Do

At Sand, Sebolt & Wernow protecting your intellectual property is what we do. It’s all we do. We don’t try to be all things to all people. We are laser-focused on one thing…protecting your intellectual property.  Think about it this way…if you

needed neurosurgery would you go to your family physician or a specialist.  The same logic holds true when protecting your intellectual property.  We specialize in Intellectual property law.  Whether you need patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secret protection, licensing or IP-related litigation we’ll be there to help.

How We’re Different

You’ll know you are dealing with a different kind of IP law firm from the moment we ask you the first question.   The first thing most IP law firms want to know is “What”… what do you want to patent, trademark or protect.   Our first question will always be “Why”…why do you feel you need a patent, trademark or copyright?  We want to make sure:

    • Seeking a patent, copyright or trademark is the best business strategy for you to pursue…sometimes filing for patent is the wrong thing to do. Some secret inventions can be better protected using confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements, instead of patents. These are less costly and could provide protection well beyond the 20 years afforded by a patent.
    • Your idea is patentable…You can have the best idea in the world but the fact is some things just cannot be patented.
    • Your idea is truly new…only new and unobvious ideas can be patented. Just doing an internet search for existing patents is not enough.

In other words, by starting with “why” we can make sure we’re providing you with  the most appropriate legal services for your specific needs.  From here we will blend personalized attention with our wealth of national and international resources to give you the best legal and business advice possible.

How We Add Value 

Successful companies are often built on innovative ideas, products and brands all of which are different forms of intellectual property,  specifically patents, trademarks and copyrights.  Patents protect inventions, while trademarks protect brands.  In fact, research by the World Intellectual Property Organization shows that 80-90% of a business’s potential value lies in its intellectual property. If your business is not identifying, protecting, and maintaining its intellectual property rights, then you are literally leaving money on the table.  Sand, Sebolt & Wernow can help you turn your intellectual property into the valuable business asset it really is…and we’ll guide you through process of protecting these assets with the appropriate mix of patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. 

In today’s globally competitive business environment, protecting intellectual property takes more than merely  filing for patents, trademarks, copyrights, and protecting trade secrets. It means carving out your share of the markets you serve and branding what your company offers to its customers. The value of your business is no longer just the tangible assets it holds. This is why protecting your intangible assets,  your intellectual property, is so important. Sand, Sebolt & Wernow can help you use intellectual property law to transform your intangibles into the valuable assets they are.  We will then help you protect them globally…and that’s how we add real value to your organization.

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