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Copyrights in all forms must be respected

Copyrighted works are protected so that nobody can take someone else's work and profit from it. Finding out about copyrights is an important step to take for any business or individual before using anything that they didn't create on their own.

When there are issues that come up related to copyrights, there are specific steps that must be taken. Depending on the severity of the infringement, there is a chance that a person who violates a copyright might face very serious penalties.

What can I do to protect my intellectual property?

Intellectual property is important to many businesses. There are several types of intellectual property that you need to think about to keep your company's interests protected. It is imperative that you consider all facets.

The way that you protect your company depends on the type of intellectual property you have. Here are some points that you need to know about making this happen:

Can the owner of an intent-to-use trademark application claim trademark infringement?

A trademark application filed on an intent-to-use basis confers no right of enforcement prior to actual use of the trademark with the goods covered by the application. That is, without actual commercial use of the trademark in U.S. commerce, an applicant of an intent-to-use trademark application has an unenforceable trademark and should not claim trademark infringement. Use in commerce occurs when branded goods are transported or sold across state or federal borders and is a requirement to achieve federal trademark registration in the U.S.

Let us see why that is.

Unenforceable Trademarks - Beware of Foreign Owners

If you have received a letter alleging trademark infringement, it is important to look closely at the rights being asserted. Some trademarks even though registered are unenforceable trademarks.

Did you know it is possible to have a federally registered trademark in the U.S. and still not have a legitimate basis to assert trademark infringement?

Copyrights must be respected in all business aspects

A copyright is an important protection for specific creative works that individuals and businesses have created. The concept of copyrights originates with the U.S. Constitution.

For all business owners and individuals, understanding copyrights can help to avoid some potential issues down the road. There are several things that you need to understand about copyrights if you are going to handle any aspect of your business or personal life that uses creative works.

Why should I be concerned with copyrighting my works?

As part of your business, you might have creative works. It is vital for you to make sure that these works have the legal protections necessary so that other companies and individuals can't steal what is yours.

One option that you have to keep things protected is to copyright your works. This gives you the legal basis to take action if you find out that your works are being used outside of your wishes.

Why small businesses need to trademark their brand

As a small business, you might not think that you need to trademark branding materials such as your name, logo and slogan. That’s just for large companies, right?

Wrong. While legally establishing a trademark takes time and money, it secures your growing brand and protects you from your competition.

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