Category Archives: Intellectual Property

How to Copyright a Website

A common question we get from new businesses is how to copyright a website.  The U.S. Copyright Office does not expressly recognize websites as being copyrightable.  However, you can register the text, images, sounds, movies, computer code or even databases … Continue reading

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Fanciful Trademark

Many people wonder about a Fanciful Trademark?  Why should anyone want a fanciful trademark? Generally, trademarks help consumers distinguish one product or service from another by acting as a source identifier.  It helps consumers wanting to purchase Quaker Oats branded … Continue reading

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Copyright Application vs. Copyright Registration

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will take on the issue of whether a copyright registration or a copyright application is required before bringing a copyright infringement suit. Currently, depending on the location of your copyright lawsuit, some courts … Continue reading

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Searching for Patents

Searching for Patents can Save Thousands of Dollars. Recently the U.S. reached its 10 millionth patent. Internationally, there are more than 1 million patent applications filed each year but only about 50-70% of them result in a patent. A conservative … Continue reading

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Trademark Actions – Reverse Passing Off

Trademark law protects your business against confusion, which can be created by Forward Confusion, Reverse Confusion, Passing Off and Reverse Passing Off.  If this occurs, a trademark infringement lawsuit may be necessary to protect your business. Trademark Rights Trademark law functions … Continue reading

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Plant Patent Provides Monopoly for Holiday Flowers

U.S. Plant Patent Many of us associate the holiday season with Poinsettia Plants. However, few people realize that it was covered by a plant patent for over a hundred years. Like the poinsettia plant, its history, is colorful and interesting. … Continue reading

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Stolen Photos Costs Company

Capturing just the right photograph, often is the result of countless hours of time, effort, attention, planning and preparation.  While capturing the photograph can represent countless hours, stealing the photograph off the internet takes only seconds.  In today’s digital world, … Continue reading

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The MET Announces Access to Free Images

The Metropolitan Museum announced access to nearly 400,000 images – for free. The Museum provides these images under an Open Access license for all public-domain works in the Met collection. The Creative Commons Zero (“CC0”) license allows use of the … Continue reading

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Patent Infringement

How to Stop Patent Infringement Patent Infringement refers to someone who uses, makes or sells your patented invention without permission. Typically, a patent gives the patent owner the right to obtain a license from anyone who makes, uses or sells … Continue reading

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How to Copyright Music

We meet with many artists who ask how to copyright music.  To many people, music can mean many things. Music may refer to the lyrics, music videos, the music recorded by a sound recording, the musical composition and arrangement, or it … Continue reading

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