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An Overview of Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights

I am often asked do I need a trademark for my slogan? Can I patent my idea? How do I keep others from copying seminar materials that I have written? Well, here’s a primer for what all small business owners should know to protect their valuable intellectual property assets. First, you need to know what the […]

Why You Should Register Your Copyrights

Individuals are often confused by the distinctions between copyrights, patents, and trademarks.  In this article, we explain the basis for copyright protection, what can be protected under U.S. Copyright laws, and the benefits of registering your work with the U.S. Copyright Office. What Is Protected Under U.S. Copyright Law?  A Copyright is a form of […]

Brand Protection for Cloud Computing

Size matters in the computer industry, or at least that’s what we were once told.  Computer hard drives once could be measured in megabytes.  But as the size of programs and operating systems grew they moved to gigabytes.  Soon we were told we would need to have storage measured in terabytes to accommodate the latest programs.  But then […]

3 Simple Steps to Use Your Copyrights and Trademarks to Block Infringing Goods from Entering the U.S.

Did you know you can use your federally registered copyrights and trademarks to block the importation of infringing goods from entering the U.S.?  In 2012 the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) made 22,848 intellectual property rights seizures with a manufacturer’s suggested retail value of $1.26 billion.  Could this be affecting your business? Most intellectual […]

Brand Protection for Advertising Agencies

Marketing Agencies have an incredibly difficult job.  They are tasked with creating logos, slogans, and campaigns that will instantly grab the attention of the consumer, hold it, and allow them then to pitch their clients’ wares ultimately concluding in a sale or greater brand recognition. However, many marketers are unaware of the need to insure […]

Brand Protection for Jewelers

Did you know that there are generally three areas of intellectual property law in the United States: Copyrights, Patents, and Trademarks?  Did you know that 2 out of 3 of these areas of law can work to jewelers’ benefit to protect not only their brands but the individual designs of their jewelry? Many jewelers are […]

Brand Protection for the App Maker

Twenty years ago few people had heard of the Internet.  Ten years ago few people had heard of a smart phone.  Today, the world  is shrinking as it becomes more connected than ever before.  People access the Internet routinely through their smart phones and tablet computers and more and more do so by and through […]

Brand Protection for Artists

Did you know that the protection of artistic works in the United States is founded in our U.S. Constitution?  At the time the constitution was written our founding fathers recognized that artists should maintain rights in their works sufficient to inspire continued creativity without the fear that their works would be wrongfully misappropriated.  You can find this […]

Copyrights

A Copyright is a form of protection for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright covers both published and unpublished works. In short, copyrights protect original works of artistic expression such as movies, books, songs, lyrics, photographs, graphic designs and other similar works.