The Intellectual Property Protection You Need from a Lawyer You Can Trust

Dale Ream serves as a mentor for inventors across the United States, with more than 20 years of product development experience, including product design engineering, prototyping, patenting, licensing, and direct manufacturing. Ream Law Firm, L.L.C., offers solid guidance from start to finish on all facets of intellectual property matters, as well as how intellectual property relates to everything else that can make your invention a reality.

Dale makes certain he is accessible to clients no matter how large or small. This personal approach to intellectual property law is just one thing that sets him apart from other attorneys.

As an independent inventor, the intellectual property basics you should know about prior to meeting with an intellectual property lawyer are:


The U.S. Constitution provides that Congress has the power to protect the discoveries of inventors. George Washington enacted the first patent statute on April 10, 1790, which provided patent protection for “any useful art, manufacture, engine, machine, device, or any improvement thereon not before known or used.” Although patent statutes have been modified many times since the present patent system is entirely governed by federal law.

A patent is a right granted by federal law describing an invention that did not exist prior to conception by the inventor. It gives the inventor a limited monopoly right to exclude others from making, using, importing, selling, or offering to sell the claimed invention. A patent may be granted for inventions that are considered new, useful, and non-obvious.

There are many types of patents, each with its own advantages and usefulness. A patent may be provisional, nonprovisional, utility, design, plant, foreign or domestic. Ream Law Firm, L.L.C. is dedicated to helping inventors determine what type of patent is appropriate for their invention and circumstance and is experienced in all types.




A trademark provides an indication of the source or origin of goods or services and distinguishes the goods or services from those of others. The proper use of trademarks is a major factor in branding or establishing a brand name. Trademark laws are designed to serve two major purposes:

  • To protect the public by reducing or eliminating confusion between goods or services, enabling consumers to obtain the products they know and want.

  • To protect the owner’s investment of time, energy, and money by preventing misappropriation of that investment.


A copyright is a form of intellectual property protection based on Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution. Copyright protection is founded on two seemingly conflicting purposes: to protect an author’s creativity and expression by granting certain exclusionary rights, while seeking to encourage authors to allow public access to their works.

As with patent law, copyrights seek to balance these competing interests by providing certain exclusive rights to authors for a limited time. Copyright protection exists in original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression from which they can be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated, either directly or with the aid of a machine or device.

Committed to Protecting Your Work

The nationwide patent law and inventor advocacy practice at Ream Law Firm, L.L.C., is committed to the legal protection of the intellectual property of its clients in Kansas, the Midwest, and across the U.S.

For complete patent legal services, including search and application, copyright and trademark advice, licensing and commercialization — and much more — look to Ream Law Firm, L.L.C., for the legal leadership and moral support that independent inventors and their unique ideas deserve throughout the U.S.

If you have questions about patents, trademarks, copyrights, or any phase of the intellectual property legal process, you can find out more about how Ream Law Firm, L.L.C., has helped so many innovative people just like you. To arrange your free initial consultation from wherever you are in the U.S., call or get in touch with the firm today!


When it comes to protecting your intellectual property, you can’t afford to take unnecessary risks. Whether you’re looking to file for a patent, trademark, copyright, or other licensing protection, the Ream Law Firm, L.L.C., has the knowledge and skill needed to guide you in the right direction. If you’re looking for reliable legal counsel and support for your creative works, reach out to intellectual property attorney Dale Ream in Kansas City, Missouri today to schedule a free consultation.