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What is the federal trademark dilution act?

Trademarks, once issued, must be protected. Even if a trademark is copied in an illegal manner, it can lead to long-lasting damage to the strength of the brand. This is exactly why the Federal Trademark Dilution Act (FTDA) has been put in place. It was established in the effort to protect famous brands from the "piggybacking" off third parties when they try to illegally use their trademark.

Copyright protection should be done early to avoid problems

Your creative works are the fruits of your mental labor. In some cases, they also involve physical sacrifices. It is imperative that you take steps to protect these so that nobody else can come behind you and take credit for your hard work.

Understand copyrights and licenses for your creative works

Your intellectual property isn't something that you will want to give away for free in most cases. You probably don't want other people to be able to capitalize off of your hard work. This is where a copyright comes into the picture.

Know your rights regarding trademarks and copyrights

As we recently discussed, trademarks and copyrights have important roles in the identification of your business. When you've worked hard to get your business to the point where it is easily recognized, the last thing that you need is for a competitor to use your branding points to try to improve their own bottom line.

Trademarks and service marks are important for your business

When you have a business that sells goods or provides services, you might think of a catchy phrase that embodies the message you are trying to send to your customers. This catchy phrase, product name or similar item might be something that you don't want anyone to steal.

Change in guard for patent and trademark advisory committees

In early January, the United States Patent and Trademark Office announced several new members for two advisory committees related to the office. The new members are to serve three-year terms in their respective offices.

What are some advantages of a federal trademark?

If you've been using your logo, specialty phrase or other branded design in the marketplace for a while, you might be thinking about trademarking it. While federal trademark isn't required for some protective benefits, it does add to the legal protection you can claim if someone else uses your mark.

What types of intellectual property can be copyrighted?

If you are a designer, artist or writer, or any other creative visionary, your work product is your ideas, the stuff you produce first in your mind before committing to pen, paper or other artistic medium.

Kardashians win in court against cosmetics company

The Kardashian sisters recently won a major lawsuit against Hillair Capital and Haven Beauty, companies that ran a line of cosmetics called Kardashian Beauty. They claim that the company had been using their trademarks even after the two sides no longer had an agreement allowing them to do so.

Should I register a trademark or a service mark in California?

There are many reasons why one might want to register a trademark or service mark in the state of California. Whether beginning a new business venture, expanding existing services or venturing into new service sectors, or possibly introducing a new product or product line to the market, many individuals and organizations seek to register trademarks and service marks in California each year.

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