Black inventors and artists have had their intellectual property stolen for centuries. From Led Zeppelin ripping music off of Muddy Waters to slaves who couldn’t patent their inventions, Black creatives have been stung. Thankfully, we have greater protections today under the law but those protections are only good if we know about them and put them to use. Whether you have a brand identity you’re trying to create or an amazing idea that came to you in the night, it’s yours and needs to be protected legally. Andrea Hence Evans is an amazing intellectual property attorney who specializes in helping ordinary people protect their ideas and ultimately, bring their vision to life. If you have a dream you need to talk to this phenomenal Black woman. You may have million dollar ideas everyday but how often do you act on them? That invention you thought of last night could be your ticket to wealth, if you protect it with a patent. You may have an amazing idea to brand your startup company but it could be lost, if not trademarked. You may write rhymes with ease but unless they are copyrighted you don’t actually own them. Andrea H. Evans helps entrepreneurs and future entrepreneurs with all of these services. You may recognize her from season 2 of the PBS television series, Make48, where she was featured as a patent attorney. Evans has assisted a number of her clients successfully patent inventions — she even helped one client patent a terrible towel hoodie that was licensed to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Evans is actively helping a client — Dr. Drai — defend trademark applications for medical services and goods against the opposition of Dr. Dre. Yes, that Dr. Dre. Intellectual property has value just like real property, Evans says. “You can license it, you can assign it, you can sell it, you can will it.” When you understand this principle you will guard your property and seriously defend it. The next step is to do your homework on the invention or trademark you’d like to protect. For example, before calling Evans for assistance on patenting an invention you should ask yourself three questions:
- Is this invention useful and/or solve a problem?
- Is it novel? Is there something identical to this already?
- Is it non obvious? For this standard, you’ll definitely need an attorney like Evans to guide you.