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Legal Services Offered by Our On-Demand Boston Copyright Attorneys
Our Boston copyright attorneys & lawyers can help you register a copyright for your original work of authorship. This will ensure that you have documented proof of your copyright ownership. Because, if you don't file it, you can't sue if someone uses your work.
Once registered, the copyright lawyer you chose can also assist you with the development of licensing and/or distribution agreements so you can collect royalties on your original work of authorship. The copyright attorneys & lawyers on UpCounsel represent entrepreneurs, musicians, actors, artists, TV producers, and authors. Our Boston copyright attorneys can also assist you with fighting copyright infringement in the case a party infringes on any of your copyrights, as they'll seek to prevent it and seek damages from any and all infringers. Many attorneys also have expertise in defending clients against claims of infringement.
There are three types of copyright: usage, full, and unique. Usage means the buyer gets to use the article one time, but the writer can use it again or resell it. Full rights will give the buyer all rights; they can even place their name on the article, saying they wrote it. Your copyright attorney can explain further details about the different kinds of copyright.
Copyright ©, the least expensive form of protection, means literally "the right to copy" an original creation. Original works of authorship include: Movies, drawings, books, works of art, music, textile and jewelry designs, photographs, lyrics, computer programs, paintings, architectural works, including blue prints and maps.
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What Is Intellectual Property?
Intellectual property (IP) is a general term for the rights recognized by U.S. law for creations of the mind, including:
Patents - rights granted to inventors for novel and useful inventions.
Trademarks - rights granted to businesses relating to the branding of their goods and services (company, product and service names).
Copyrights - rights granted to authors for tangible expressions of ideas (art, literature, music, software code, architectural plans).
Trade secrets - rights granted to businesses relating to their unique and valuable intangible assets (business processes, client and customer lists, procedures, practices, formulae, research notes, market data).
Types of Patents
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What Is Trade Secret Protection?
Trade secret protection is regulated under the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA) to protect a person or company's profitable secrets. Trade secrets are protected without registration or any need for procedural formalities and can be protected for an unlimited time.
What Is a Trade Secret?
The protection of trade secrets is particularly attractive for small and medium-sized businesses. It's important to be aware that there are some conditions that need to be met for the information to be considered a trade secret.
Compliance with some of these conditions could turn out to be more difficult and costly than it may first appear. Conditions vary from country to country, but some general standards exist.
- It needs to be information such as a formula, pattern, compilation, program, device, method, technique, or process.
- It needs to have independent economic value.
- It c
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Trademark Class 35: What Is It?
Trademark Class 35 includes advertising and business services, including:
- Advertising, Business Management
- Business Administration
- Office Functions
Class 35 is one of the 45 international classes that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) uses. Each one of the USPTO's 45 international classes designates a specific category of goods or services.
Why Are Trademark Classes Important?
Trademarks protect intellectual property such as:
- Business Names
When you register a trademark, you gain exclu
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What is Trade Dress?
Trade dress covers all elements that make up the overall image of a product or service. This includes, but is not limited to, the color, shape, size, configuration, and packaging of a product. Trade dress (which is a type of intellectual property) can also apply to decor, architecture, or anything else that makes the presentation of a product or service distinctive.
Trade dress refers to anything that is designed or used to promote a product or service. This is known as the "total image" or "overall appearance" of the product or service.
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Why Is Software Patent or Copyright Important?
A software patent or copyright is a legal way to protect your software source code, idea, or invention.
Every software developer or company has to choose between patent and copyright. Some decide they want both. To make the choice, you have to think about what you're protecting. Are you protecting the code itself, or are you protecting the software idea and the process? Getting a patent versus registering a copyright are very different processes and might also change what you want to do with your software.
Software counts as intellectual property (IP.) IP is an original work that isn't tangible, but that is valuable. Lots of avenues, including copyright and patent, exist under the law to protect IP.
Both patents and copyrights protect soft