Intellectual Property Does your business own intellectual property (IP), like registered trademarks or patents? Trademark registrations expire, but can be renewed. Patents also expire. You should know when your IP registrations expire and be prepared to renew the registrations. If you used an attorney to obtain your registrations, your attorney should notify you of upcoming […]
It is important for business owners to protect their intellectual property. Intellectual property (IP) refers to the intangible, often creative, parts of your business, such as symbols, business logos, designs, inventions, and written works. IP law provides legal protection for your business’s intangible creations by stopping competitors from stealing your ideas and enabling your business
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) provides a safe harbor from copyright infringement liability for “online service providers”, broadly defined as any “provider of online services or network access”. To take advantage of the safe harbor provisions of the DMCA, service providers must designate an agent with the Copyright Office. This used to be a
I’m often asked this question: “Does Sharing A Link To Online Content Amount To Copyright Infringement?” In short, the answer is (and should remain) no. Here is a good discussion of the issue.
There are recent developments in the copyright space. The U.S. Supreme Court has confirmed that copyright owners can only sue for infringement after the copyright has been registered with the U.S. Copyright Office. Lawsuits filed without a registration will be dismissed. (In an unrelated case, the Supreme Court also limited the types of costs that
I’ve been asked about this often from clients in certain industries, particularly in the furniture industry: How can we stop competitors from copying our product design? Trade dress refers to protection for the totality of elements of a product – including size, shape, color or color combination, texture, graphics, etc. Trade dress is protectible if