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Intellectual Property Archives

What kinds of intellectual property and protections are there?

Intellectual property refers to any creation, including things like inventions and art pieces, and how they are used in commerce. Any kind of intellectual property is protected by a series of items such as copyrights, trademarks or patents, depending on the type of property. These protective copyrights or patents also allow the person who created the property to be credited for it and to receive the financial benefits of its sale or use. If you have a trademark or copyright and the property is used by someone else, you could pursue a lawsuit requesting them to cease and desist or requesting compensation for using your product.

Prevent intellectual property disputes with thorough brand research

If you've worked hard to develop a brand for your business, then you know how important it is to protect your intellectual property. Brands are established to signify specific services, products and ideas, and if someone infringes on your intellectual property rights and creates confusion among consumers, then the consequences could be quite serious.

Your web domain is important to your business, know if you own it

If you own a business, chances are at some point down the road you will have to make a decision that will either lead to success or failure. One decision that some business owners have found particularly challenging is choosing a domain name. This can be a challenge because it is going to be one of the main ways in which customers find your company. Choosing poorly could cost you customers. But if you don't follow the law, it could cost you more than that.

Wal-Mart goes toe to toe with shoemaker in infringement case

We've all seen Converse's famous high-top sneaker called the Chuck Taylor All-Star. For some, this is a highly recognizable design, even if they can't tell you who makes the shoe. So, with it being so recognizable, is it possible for Converse to trademark the appearance of the shoe? 

Being aware of changes to business law can help avoid litigation

Whether you're a privately owned business or a large corporation, chances are you have probably taken steps to make sure that you are in compliance with all facets of the law. You have probably taken these steps because you know how costly and damaging civil litigation can be for a company, which isn't something you want to encounter down the road if you can help it.

Does anyone own the rights to yoga?

If you've looked at the class list at any fitness center in the United States, chances are you've seen yoga listed at least once or twice. You can't even walk into a retail store without seeing workout outfits or mats specifically designed for this form of exercise. For a lot of our California readers though, this isn't surprising when you consider that in the U.S. alone, yoga is a $10-billion-a-year industry with more than 20 million followers.

Legal disputes brew as more craft beers join the market

For many businesses and companies across the nation, branding is incredibly important because it distinguishes a company from its competitors. This is true with both the company name and the names and images associated with their products as well.

Someone put my copyrighted image on their site, can they do that?

The world of copyright law is a tricky one as we're sure some of our California readers already know. This is especially true when the fair use doctrine is applied. When fair use comes into play, as you may already know, situations can get complicated quickly. Difficult legal questions are often raised too, such as the one we pose in today's post title.

Does the Facebook 'copyright declaration' actually mean anything?

Even though people might not want to admit it, social media sites like Facebook are a major part of their day, often being the first thing they do when they get up and the last thing they do before they go to bed.

What the monkey selfie picture teaches us about copyright law

How often do you think about state and federal laws? If you're like most people here in the United States, then you probably think very little about how the law affects you from day to day life.

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