Scottsdale purchases additional intellectual property representation

The city of Scottsdale logo is donned on a number of municipal buildings and signs throughout the city. (Independent Newsmedia/Arianna Grainey)

Scottsdale has entered into a new contract with Phoenix-based Venjuris P.C. in order to provide legal services to the city relating to its intellectual property matters, including registration and renewal of the city’s trademark.

On Feb. 5, the Scottsdale City Council authorized a contract with the law firm for $35,000. The city’s previous contract with Venjuris was limited to $20,000, according to a city staff report, and the City Attorney’s Office has determined that it is in the best interest of Scottsdale to enter into a new contract so that the firm can continue to provide services in these matters.

According to the city staff report, the City Attorney’s Office is to handle legal matters in house, with a few exceptions:

  • When a specialized expertise is not available is required;
  • The office is precluded from providing representation either because there is a conflict of interest or there is some other reason why it would be detrimental to the city for the case to be retained by the office; or
  • Resources beyond those available to the office are required.

The decision was made to send this case to outside counsel because of the need for resources not available to the City Attorney’s office, the staff report states, adding that the fiscal well-being of the City of Scottsdale requires the highest quality legal assistance when it is necessary to employ outside counsel, and Venjuris can provide that assistance.

Pending contract approval, the law firm will continue to provide legal services to the city, the staff report stated.

The contract itself outlines that it is in the best interest of the city to contract with attorneys qualified to assist in connection with the registration or renewal of city trademarks, enforcement of city trademarks and defending challenges to the validity of the city’s trademarks.

The contract term will be for two years, expiring on Feb. 5, 2021, with an option to extend the contract for two additional one-year periods.

Northeast Valley News Editor Melissa Rosequist can be e-mailed at mrosequist@newszap.com or can be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/mrosequist_.

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