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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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