Work for hire: You want your new logo to be Yours, not theirs

Posted Posted in Trademark

Copyright protects original works of art.  Logos generally are copyrightable if they are original.  Companies can register copyright with the US Copyright Office and armed with the registration certificate can enforce against infringement. Almost all of my clients (and us) use outside designers to create our logos and other marketing collateral.  Although I personally have…

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Posted Posted in Intellectual property, Uncategorized

Copyright protects “original” work of authorship that are “fixed” in a tangible medium of expression.  It includes literary, musical, and dramatic works; photographs; graphics; audio and visual recordings; software; and other creative works.  Copyright derives from the United States Constitution and codified by federal statute.   Copyrights can be protected and enforceable in many foreign…

Maximize Business Value with Intellectual Property

Maximizing a Business Exit: The Importance of Documenting and Securing Intellectual Property

Posted Posted in Intellectual property, Inventions and inventors, Small business growth

The Importance of Documenting and Securing Intellectual Property When I interview a new client, one of my first questions is “what do you ultimately want to do with the business?”   Very few people want to keep their business forever (for example, forgo retirement), and selling the business, hopefully for the maximum amount of profit, is…

Copyright infringment

Copyright Infringement and Fair Use

Posted Posted in Intellectual property, Inventions and inventors, Law and business, Small business growth

Copyright Infringement Copyright law protects original expressions.  Original expressions include: writings, art, songs, music, dance, software, blue prints etc.  Protection is automatic (but enhanced with a copyright filing) and it is protected for the life of the crated plus 70 years. Copyright infringement (colloquially referred to as “copyright theft”) is when someone uses copyrighted materials…

What is an emerging business?

Posted Posted in Law and business defines “emerging” as 1) To come forth into view 2) To come up and arise 3) To rise from an inferior point or position From my own personal experience as an entrepreneur, emerging businesses face certain issues at certain stages: 1) Emerging businesses that have not yet proved concept Proof of concept usually occurs…