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Legal Services Offered by Our On-Demand Los Angeles Copyright Attorneys
Our Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles 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 does a Trademark Cost?
A trademark costs $400 for electronic trademark applications and $600 for paper filings, both per-class of goods or services selected registering for a federal trademark through the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Should You Register for a Trademark?
A trademark user can build rights for a mark by frequently using the mark in commerce. If the user relies on just common-law rights for their trademark, they won't have to pay fees to formalize rights for it. However, there are some risks. Someone else may may obtain the trademark. If a trademark user has obtained the right to use the mark in a certain geographic location, you will lose the right to use your trademark in that area. Or the trademark holder may accidentally infringe upon a mark that is
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What is a Trademark Infringement Test?
The Trademark Infringement Test determines the likelihood of people confusing two companies with similar marks. If you feel like someone is using your trademark in a way that confuses your customers, there are a few tests to check for Trademark Infringement.
The tests are used as a way to protect the first person who has registered that trademark. The phrase used to decide the outcome is whether there is a "likelihood of confusion" between your business and another. The law is known as the Lanham Act 15 USC1114(a)(1).
There are two main questions that courts ask when testing for Trademark Infringement:
- Has the person being accused of trad
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What Is Software Forensics?
Software forensics is a branch of science that investigates computer software text codes and binary codes in cases involving patent infringement or theft. Software forensics can be used to support evidence for legal disputes over intellectual property, patents, and trademarks.
Digital forensics and computer forensics are both tools used to recover computer files. Digital forensics tries to find files that are the same, and software forensics examiners focus on function.
Software forensics is especially important in patent and trade cases. In these cases, someone might have copied another person's code, but rewritten that code in a way to hide the theft. A digital forensic examiner may not have the tools or capabilities to prove a crime occurred.
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Service Mark Registration Overview
Service mark and trademarks are different. A service mark is used for a business that provides services. A trademark is used for a business that provides products. They can both be called marks. Restaurants use service marks because food is a service. Many businesses choose to use both marks.
Service marks can be many things. Common service marks include:
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What Are Fanciful Trademarks?
Fanciful trademarks are made-up terms invented for the single purpose of functioning as a trademark. They can be either neologisms (words that don't mean anything in the English language) or archaic words that are out of common usage.
A fanciful trademark is distinctive and only has a meaning when used in relation to a specific product. For this reason, fanciful marks are the strongest type of trademarks.
Famous examples of fanciful trademarks include Exxon, Kodak, Pepsi, Clorox, and Xerox.
Understanding the Strength of Trademarks
A term is considered a trademark and receives protection only when it's distinctive. The public needs to able to distinguish the mark associated with your product from the goods of your competitors. The more distinctive a trademark is, the stronger it is.
A mark can fall into five cate