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Our experienced Cincinnati trademark attorneys & lawyers represent individuals and businesses with everything they need to secure and protect their trademarks. Our attorneys can help individuals with everything from trademark clearance searches to determine whether the desired mark is available for adoption, use, and registration. By reviewing the search reports thoroughly, they can conclusively determine the extent to which a mark is already being used and the potential success of filing a trademark.
Trademark licensing can be complex, but our trademark attorneys have experience drafting agreements on behalf of both licensees and trademark owners - thus allowing you to capitalize on your valuable intellectual property. Our Cincinnati trademark attorneys can also draft and file your trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), including Intent to Use and Use in Commerce applications.
Our attorneys can also help protect your trademark around the globe by assisting clients with filing trademark applications under the Madrid Protocol, which allows trademark holders to obtain protection in multiple countries by filing a single application.
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The Uniform Trade Secrets Act: What Is It?
The Uniform Trade Secrets Act is a law that seeks to give federal authority over trade secret laws to better protect sensitive trade information.
Why Is the Uniform Trade Secrets Act Important?
A trade secret is information with monetary value. This information can take many forms. Almost every industry uses trade secrets. Misuse of trade secrets can cause serious economic damage.
Misuse of a trade secret is called misappropriation. This usually means the secret was found out through illegal means. This can include industrial espionage, bribery, and threat. Misappropriation often involves disclosing trade secrets illegally. The common law in most states allows trade secret owners to pursue money damages for misuse of these secrets
Laws applying to trade secrets at the state level are often unclear. This is why the Unifo
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A copyright protects “original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression.” It protects the way that ideas, facts and other things are expressed once they are in tangible form. A copyright covers both published and unpublished original works including artistic, dramatic, literary and musical works.
What is Copyright Infringement?
In short, a violation of the exclusive rights of a copyright owner is called infringement. This exclusive rights include the right to display, reproduce, perform or distribute the work. Copyright infringement is usually proven through circumstantial evidence since it’s sometimes hard to provide direct evidence of plagiarism. Two elements must be proven:
that there is a substantial similarity between the copy and th
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What Does it Mean to Trademark a Surname?
A surname alone only qualifies as a trademark if it has already been associated with the business through advertising and has acquired a secondary meaning. It is also clear why somebody with the McDonald surname could not register a fast food restaurant on the name only.
Why is a Trademark Surname Important?
While it is not possible in every case to register a surname as a trademark, if it has "acquired distinctiveness", the business owner should protect it. The approval or rejection of the trademark request depends on:
- Whether the surname is rare
- If it is connected with the person registering it
- If it has a recognized meaning and association with a type of service
- How the name sounds in the busines
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What Is Defend Trade Secrets Act?
Defend Trade Secrets Act creates federal jurisdiction over the theft of trade secrets. This means trade secret owners can now bring lawsuits under federal law as well as state law, giving plaintiffs more options. It does not replace the state trade secret laws but gives an extra layer of protection. The DTSA applies only to products or services in interstate or foreign commerce.
Signed in 2016, the DTSA makes the law regarding trade secrets more consistent. Though most states follow some version of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, each state still has its own trade secrets law. This can lead to confusion and inconsistencies in how to bring civil action.
The law covers a broad range of business activities. This includes employment contracts, especially those with a non-disclosure or confidentiality clause. It also covers situations
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What Is a Cease and Desist Letter?
A cease and desist letter does not automatically signify a lawsuit. It is simply a warning about illegal behavior that lets you know that further penalties could follow if the behavior, such as patent infringement, doesn't stop.
Here are some ways it is possible to violate the intellectual property of another:
- Plagiarizing someone's work
- Using an invention without the right to access it
- Engaging in illegal or suspicious activity that involves someone's work
The first step that you can take to address these issues is to send a cease and desist letter. This letter puts the person in violation on notice that they are engaging in illegal use of a property. It advises them to stop, or