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Protect your company's intellectual property

Your company's intellectual property is something that makes your company special. Keeping these matters safe is imperative, but not everyone knows what they can do to ensure that intellectual property isn't stolen.

One thing that you must remember is that trademarks and copyrights are unique to your business and should be kept as such. Other companies can't go stealing and using these just because they like them. If you do find out that someone is using your company's intellectual property, you can take legal action to stop him or her from using it.

Trademark infringement: Severe penalties for a serious issue

Your company's trademarks are the way that people can spot your company from afar. You need to protect these trademarks throughout your company's time in business. If you have a registered trademark, other businesses have to respect that trademark. They can face legal action against them if they infringe upon that trademark.

While it is possible to file trademark infringement actions in state court or federal court, most businesses opt to pursue these claims on a federal level. These actions must be taken very seriously because of the severity of the impacts.

Make sure you protect your company's trade secrets

As a business owner, you need to take steps to ensure that your company's trade secrets are protected. The first step toward making this happen is determining which aspects of your business are trade secrets that need protection.

This isn't always a simple and straightforward process. Some trade secrets are easy to find. These include recipes for restaurants and customer lists for other businesses. Essentially, you need to think about what points of your business might ruin the company if one of your competitors found out. Formulas, methods and similar information can all be trade secrets.

Learn about the protections you have for intellectual property

Intellectual property is something that is important to companies and the individuals who put in the effort to come up with the ideas. It is imperative that anyone who has something that can be trademarked or copyrighted take the time to protect their work. We can help anyone who has this type of property to learn about the ways that they might be able to protect their interests.

We recently discussed some of the finer points about intellectual property and the impact that it can have on domain names. If you recall, it is important that you check out the domain name that you want to make sure that there aren't any issues with it.

Check for trademarks before you grab a domain for your company

When you choose a business name, you might be ready to buy the domain for that name right away. There is one important step that you need to do between choosing a name and doing anything with it. You need to verify that there isn't someone who already has the same name or a name that is so similar that your business name would cause confusion.

Trademark infringement is something that is taken very seriously. In the case of domain names, you have to make sure that the domain that you choose won't be mistaken for someone else's domain. This can be difficult to do, but doing the trademark search is an important step that can help you to protect your business in the future.

Make sure your company's online persona is legal

Licensing agreements play an important role in business. We recently discussed some of the finer points associated with using stock images for your company. You have to ensure that you are always in compliance with the laws and terms of using these images, but your duty doesn't stop with only stock images.

Your business' online presence is likely a big part of your company's brand. Whether you have a simple website, an intricate one or a blog, you need to make sure that you have permission from the appropriate places and people for everything you have on the website.

How to use a stock image legally

If you're building content on a website, you will find numerous images online -- images that might be perfect for your site. However, if the images are not royalty-free, you'll probably need to pay to use them -- if you can even use them at all.

Here are a few classifications of pictures you'll find online, which you should learn about:

Why don't people think of stealing digital content as theft?

People often don't think of stealing digital content and intellectual property as theft. For example, stealing a Blu-Ray disc from a retail store is something everyone knows is wrong. Many people would tell you they'd never do it under any circumstances.

Going online and downloading the same movie, though, strikes them as a gray area. They may admit that it's not the best idea, but they'll do it. They'll also stream those movies illegally.

Halloween, bananas and copyright infringement

Companies who do the work to come up with designs expect that they will be able to be the one to profit off of the design. The Halloween holiday is one that is a major boost for retailers and suppliers. This year, it is expected that Americans will spend upwards of $3.4 billion on costumes for Halloween.

A recent lawsuit by one company, Rasta Imposta, claims that big box retailer Kmart and its parent company Sears Holdings Corp. infringed upon a copyright. The Totally Ghoul banana costume for men is the item in question.

Know your options when trade secrets are leaked

We recently discussed the need for you to keep your company's trade secrets protected. When you find out that your trade secrets have been leaked, you might need to take legal action to recover the losses that you suffer because of this.

There are many actions that you can take when your trade secrets aren't kept a secret. One of these is that you can file a lawsuit. You would need to determine the monetary amount of damages that your company suffered if you plan to file this type of claim. We can review your situation and help you determine these options. From there, you can decide what you are going to do. We can get your case moving in the direction you choose.

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