Intellectual Property Law

Intellectual Property Law refers to original creations and inventions using a persons mind. Copyright, trademark and patent are the most common forms of intellectual property. The Federal Government provides a limited amount of time for the creator or inventor of the property to exclusively exploit his or her creation finanically and be provided protection from the use and exploitation by others without authorization. The intangible assets which are able to be protected under Intellectual Property Law include music, literary, artistic and visual works (copyright), discoveries and inventions (patent); and words, phrases, symbols and designs used in commerce (trademark). Trade Secret Law is also included within the general scope of Intellectual Property Law.

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The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) ruled that while it would register trademarks for Coca-Cola Co., the company would not have the exclusive right to use the term "zero" to represent zero calorie soft drinks. While a trademark would be granted for registration of a soft drink such as...
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Can a monkey own a copyright interest in the pictures they may take? Wikipedia has refused a request to remove from its website a photograph taken by a macaque, which used British photographer David Slater’s equipment. Despite repeated takedown notices by Slater and the Caters News Agency...
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Has anyone recently perused the Search Provider Agent Directory at the U.S. Copyright Office website for a DMCA / copyright infringement agent other than myself? You should because you might not be able to find your company listed. Browsing through the alphabetized entries would seem elementary...
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Your right to unlock your cell phone has not only just expired but it has also become a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison with up to a $1,000,000 fine. Do these extraordinarily harsh penalties seem more likely to be the product of an Internet hoax? If you have or want to unlock your...
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