Intellectual Property

Intellectual property law deals with the rules for securing and enforcing legal rights to inventions, designs, and artistic works.

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  • Choosing a Trademark That Will Last Over Time

    The purpose of a trademark is to differentiate and protect a companyís goods or services in the marketplace. A trademark also represents an intangible asset in the form of consumer goodwill that has been assigned to the company through its history of providing quality goods and/or services.

  • Intellectual Property: 3 Legal Tools to Help You Protect Your Business Idea

    If the success of your small business rests with your intellectual property, then you should be very interested in how you can protect it. Filing for a patent can be costly and time-consuming; you may not be able to wait that long, especially if you need to share your idea with others for it to come to fruition.

  • When Is It Legal to Download Music, Movies, or Software Via Torrents on the Internet?
      by HG.org

    Since the rise of the Internet, the illegal sharing of music, movies, and software have been an ongoing concern. Still, not every peer-to-peer network for sharing various forms of media is illegal, and some companies have even found it desirable to begin distributing materials in this fashion. So, when is it legal to download music, movies, or software via torrents on the Internet?

  • Intellectual Property Law: Understanding the Basics

    Intellectual property law is an intimidating subject for many business owners. Sure, youíve heard horror stories about intellectual property being stolenÖ but that would never happen to you, right? Actually, if youíre in business long enough, thereís a very good chance that your ideas will be stolen. And if you donít protect yourself, the consequences could be catastrophic.

  • Cottage Food Operations under the California Homemade Food Act

    The California Homemade Food Act which went into effect January 1, 2013 has created a new category of food production called a cottage food operation. To qualify for a permit, aspiring food manufacturers need to attend a food safety class, pass an exam, learn how to label foods, pay a fee and submit to inspections. They canít smoke or keep pets in their kitchens, certain hazardous foods are prohibited, and there is also a revenue limit.

  • Trademark Law and Copyright Law - Their Use by Celebrities

    Because of the value of even the simplest phrase, celebrities today are utilizing copyright and trademark law to protect their intellectual rights in instances rarely before noticed. It is Copyright and Trademark Law which requires their lawyers to send cease and desist letters to unsuspecting entrepreneurs. A balance needs to be restored so celebrities can proceed against large scale pirates even if they donít aggressively seek to protect their intellectual property rights in every case.

  • Satire and Parody, Publishing Law in California and England

    In the aftermath of the horrific and deadly attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris on January 7, 2015, we examine why parody and satire are cherished forms of free speech and how they are protected by U.S. and U.K. law. When an aggrieved target of satire or parody sues for defamation, or a copyright holder sues when their work is contained in a mashup, can parody, satire, or fair use be utilized as a defense by an attorney? In the U.K., it will help if the parody is funny.

  • Publicity Rights and The Right of Privacy, California Entertainment Law

    The right of publicity is the right of every human being to control the commercial use of his or her identity. When that right is infringed, the individualís publicity rights have been violated. The right of privacy is the right not have your name or likeness appropriated by another without your permission, your privacy intruded, your private information to be made public, and to not be placed in a false light. In California, damages can be pursued by an attorney for these infringements.

  • How An Experienced Lawyer Can Protect A Comic Book Creator And Writer in California

    The client who creates a comic book character and goes on to develop a character that can be licensed to third-party publishers, to the film and television industry and to the interactive game industry, isnít simply creating content. Theyíre creating intellectual property the ownership of which needs to be carefully protected so all the revenue streams from that content can be potentially licensed and controlled by the comic book creator and his or her company.

  • Understanding Trademark Infringement

    Trademark infringement can be a serious issue, especially if you run a small business that depends on various distribution channels. Do you understand how the laws could affect you?


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