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Do I own a copyright?

Copyright infringement is a complicated matter, governed by a very specific set of laws. If you believe that some party or another may be infringing on your creative work, you should consider consulting with an experienced intellectual property attorney. Before you can move forward with an infringement case, you must establish that you properly hold the copyright in the first place, which may be more complex than you think.

Making a name for yourself in your chosen market

How you brand and market your business heavily influences its success. Your efforts to make your business known often begin with the choice of its name. With so many other businesses out there offering the same type of service or products as you, finding a way to stand out could present a challenge. 

Can I reserve a trademark for future use?

When you begin developing a business idea, you may want to trademark a name for a specific product well before refining product to its final state or releasing the product to the market. While it is not possible to fully file for a trademark at this point in the development, the Patent and Trademark Office does offer a solution for those in just this situation.

Circuit court dismisses copyright case

Securing and protecting the rights to your intellectual property is often not as simple as you might hope, and in many cases it is the details that make all the difference. In a recent decision for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, a judge dismissed a claim of copyright infringement because the plaintiff did not properly plead compliance with a requirement.

Judge won't back down on demands in Uber-Waymo trade secrets case

Just before he left Waymo, Google's self-driving car unit, a star engineer downloaded around 14,000 files from the company. He then started a self-driving truck company, which was then bought by Uber. Uber also hired the engineer, which is how trade secrets from Waymo apparently "seeped into" Uber's competing program. Waymo sued for trade secret and other intellectual property violations, unfair competition and other claims.

Anti-troll director of US Patent and Trademark Office resigns

Michelle Lee joined the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2012 and was named its interim director in 2013. The following year, she was formally nominated as director. She was the first woman to serve as director. Before joining the agency, she was an in-house attorney for Google.

Tell the world your ideas, but protect your rights to them first

Did you know you could own your ideas? You may have heard the words "intellectual property," but don't really understand what they mean. Intellectual property encompasses the ideas and concepts you have that make your business unique.

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