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Copyright and Trademark Attorney

Protection of intangible property such as copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets is important but often neglected.

These types of intellectual property (IP), however, may be some of your business’s most significant assets and must be protected. Failing to properly secure and protect such assets can result in significant losses of revenue and goodwill.

Intellectual Property

We advise on many intellectual property matters including:

  • Trademarks
  • Copyrights
  • IP licensing
  • Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) management
  • Third party liability assessment
  • Technology
  • Trade secrets
  • Creative expressions, taglines, logos, and business names
To best protect your business’s intellectual property, we can help by:
  • Identifying copyrightable material and analyzing its strength;
  • Registration to secure ownership;
  • Licensing for royalties;
  • Drafting confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements to protect assets;
  • Assigning intangible assets for valuable consideration;
  • Protecting against IP infringement or misuse;
  • Enforcing rights against infringers;
  • Advising to avoid infringement claims.

Copyright

A copyright is a type of protection for an original work of authorship that is more tangible than just an idea. In order for something to be copyrighted, it must be written down, typed, created, published, etc. When you create a work and put it into the world, your work is automatically copyrighted. Registering your copyrighted work, however, ensures that the rest of the world cannot infringe upon your rights and steal the work.

Examples of copyrightable works include:

  • Music
  • Songs
  • Movies
  • Books
  • Blogs
  • Software
  • Architecture
  • Music
  • Songs
  • Movies
  • Books
  • Blogs
  • Software
  • Architecture

A copyright owner has the exclusive right to reproduce, distribute, display, and license the protected work.

Trademark

A trademark is a word, slogan, image, or logo that signifies goods and services provided by a specific company. It distinguishes that company from others. Now more than ever, businesses in the global marketplace must protect and differentiate their products and services from the competition and may choose to do so through a trademark.

Before using a trademark, you must ensure no one else is using it. This requires more than a Google search or request through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Additionally, while not necessary, registering your mark with the USPTO will grant you the right to use it on or in connection with the good or services described in the registration. Registration can be lengthy – up to a year. Experienced legal counsel can properly guide you through the process.

Contact Neumann & Associates Today

We are ready to work with you to manage and protect your intellectual property.

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