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Legal Services Offered by Our On-Demand San Francisco Copyright Attorneys
Our San Francisco 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 San Francisco 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 Are Trademarks?
Trademarks are word, phrase, or symbol, which represent a company or product. They distinguish the products or services of one company or organization from those its competitors may provide. People can register trademarks to legally protect the rights to their creations, or intellectual property. Some other examples of trademarks include acronyms (like NBC, IBM) and extend to slogans, stylized fonts, and even colors. Read on to understand why trademarks are important and to see a list of trademark examples.
Why Trademarks Matter
Trademarks matter because they allow customers to recognize brands in a crowded market and they keep the next person from copying, or infringing on, someone else's work. Trademarks also encourage companies to adhere
Acceptable Identification of Goods and Services Manual: What Is It?
The Acceptable Identification of Goods and Service Manual is the guide put out by the United States Patent and Trademark Office or USPTO that describes the appropriate terms to use when describing goods and services on a trademark application that is filed with the USPTO.
Acceptable identification of goods and services is part of the trademark application process through the USPTO. The section requires the applicant to describe any goods and services that are being registered with clear or concise language.
Though the list given in the Acceptable Identification of Goods and Services Manual isn't exhaustive, it is more extensive than the alphabetical list that's given under the Nice Classification.
The Acceptable Identification of Goods and Service Manual is intended to be a guide in preparing trademark applications.
Why Is Acceptable Identification of Good
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Patents: What Are They?
Understanding how to patent something is a part of knowing how to patent an idea. Patents are legal documents that describe, illustrate, and register your original invention, design, or discovery. There are four types of patents:
- Utility Patents: These cover things like machines, processes, and systems.
- Design Patents: These cover manufacturer designs and the way things look.
- Plant Patents: These cover plant discoveries, developments, or reproductions.
- Provisional Patents: These are preliminary patents that create a record of your idea while you work to develop it. They also allow you to claim "patent pending" status. You can convert this to a full utility, design, or plant patent within one year of filing.
Why Are Patent
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What Are Likelihood of Confusion Factors?
Likelihood of confusion factors are the legal standards used to determine whether trademark infringement has occurred. The factors are also used as one of several tests conducted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to determine whether a trademark application is approved.
The likelihood of confusion test is used to decide if a trademark is likely to be confused with another trademark.
The Role of a Trademark Attorney
The attorney that is examining the trademark needs to do a search of the USPTO records to find out whether the applicant's mark is similar to any other registered mark that may cause confusion or mistake if it is used on or in connection with the same type of goods or services as the other mark in the application.
The attorney also needs to search any pending applications to see if there are conflicting marks that have earlier filing dates. Any
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What Is Contributory Infringement?
Contributory infringement happens when a person or company uses material protected under infringement laws, such as patent infringement, without permission. Contributory infringement is also called:
- indirect liability;
- indirect infringement;
- vicarious liability;
- contributory liability;
- secondary liability.
It involves material protected under copyright, patent, or trademark laws. It makes third parties responsible for being part of illegal copying. Even if you aren't the person who directly breaks a license, you could be at fault for contributory infringement if you give other people access to the product.
Why Is Contributory Infringement Important?
Direct infringers are hard to catch when they're online. They can:
- do business fro