Keeping one’s ideas secure as an entrepreneur is very important. Professionals who work in trademark and patent law can help keep your ideas secure. Professionals interested in security of ideas and not just security of property could look into working in this sector. Sonia Lakhany talks about her career securing her client’s original ideas.

(Photo Courtesy of Sonia Lakhany)

(Photo Courtesy of Sonia Lakhany)

What does your current job entail? 

“I often joke that I have two jobs – one is to be an attorney and the other is to run a law firm. I focus my law practice on trademark prosecution, which consists of helping my clients register trademarks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. I also help with copyright registrations, reviewing social media content, intellectual property licensing, and drafting contracts. While most areas of law require the attorney to be licensed in the state, trademark and copyright protection is federal. This means my clients can be located in any state and we can work over phone and email. This ends up being both convenient and cost-effective, which I think my clients generally appreciate.”

What is your favorite part of your daily duties?

“I love that I get to meet so many entrepreneurs through my law practice. I am lucky to have a front-row seat to the newest products and ideas because intellectual property protection is usually one of the first steps in starting a business.”

Have you participated in any form of continuing education?

“Attorneys are required to take a certain number of continuing legal education credits every year, but I always enroll in any seminar or workshop that pertains to trademarks even if I have met my quota. For me, it comes from a natural interest in learning the newest developments and staying up-to-date on the latest cases.”

Do you have any advice for people wanting to pursue a similar career?

“Given how closely intellectual property is related to technology and social media, I think developing a strong online presence is key. For example, I started blogging and tweeting about trademarks long before I had an expertise in the area, just so I could learn from what others were posting and so I could showcase my interest. I also offered to do research and work for free for other trademark attorneys, so I could get exposed to the practice. It certainly wasn’t glamorous, but to this day, I still think that putting in such a strong effort early on helped me learn more than I could have on my own in the same amount of time.”

Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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