Intellectual Property Services

Patent, Trademark, Copyright, Trade Secrets & Unfair Competition

Bishop & Heintz is the preeminent provider of comprehensive Intellectual Property (Patent, Trademark, Copyright, Trade Secrets & Unfair Competition) legal services in northern Michigan. The firm has offered such comprehensive services since its inception in 1988. The primary attorney involved in the areas of trademark, copyright and trade secret law (and the only attorney offering patent law services) is Douglas Bishop. Mr. Bishop has specialized in the Intellectual Property field for nearly thirty (30) years.

Intellectual Property Services offered by the firm include the following:

  • General legal counseling on Intellectual Property matters on a case-by-case basis
  • Pre-examination patent novelty searches and patent infringement searches
  • Trademark availability and infringement searches
  • Patent Application, drafting and prosecution in both the U.S. and in seeking foreign patent protection
  • Preparation, filing and prosecution of Trademark Applications
  • Assistance with maintenance requirements for trademarks to keep trademarks in force
  • Assistance with required maintenance payments for patents, required to keep the same in force
  • Intellectual Property audits for businesses
  • Trade Secret evaluation, and recommendations for Trade Secret protection programs
  • Copyright registration
  • Copyright searches
  • Licensing and Assignment of Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights
  • Estate Planning Services related to Intellectual Property
  • Litigation services related to copyright, trademark and trade secret infringement (enforcement of Intellectual Property rights)
  • Right of Privacy and Right of Publicity issues
  • Publishing services for authors and publishers, including publishing contract assistance and pre-publication review services

Fees for Intellectual Property are determined on a case-by-case basis. Whenever possible, and if agreeable to the client, fees are based upon fixed fee quotations. Hourly fees are also available when desired by the client or, when necessitated by uncertainty of total services required. Contingent fee services in Plaintiff litigation matters for copyright and trademark infringement matters may be available on a case-by-case basis.


  • Patent Law
  • Patent disputes and litigation
  • Trademark
  • Servicemark