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Copyright Basics – Federal Registration and Common Law Rights
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Copyright Basics – Federal Registration and Common Law Rights

In a previous article, we discussed U.S. federal and common law rights for trademarks.  Similarly, there are common law copyrights and federal copyright registation.  This article discusses these rights as well as the associated cost and procedures. Basis for Copyright Protection Copyrights are federal rights granted by statute and protect “original works of authorship”.  Unlike … Continue reading

Trademark Basics – Fair & Nominative Use
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Trademark Basics – Fair & Nominative Use

As a follow up on the previous article on Trademark Basics, this articles covers the circumstances in which a third party can use a registered trademark.  Fair use and nominative use are related but distinct concepts, which are each discussed below. Fair Use Trademarks are divided into roughly five categories: generic, descriptive, suggestive, arbitrary and fanciful. … Continue reading

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Presentation at IxDA Austin, Thursday, Feb. 7th

IxDA presents “Contracts, Copyrights, and Counsel, Oh My! Legal Stuff for Designers” Join me at Austin’s IxDA for a checklist of legal concerns exploring intellectual property (trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets), contract law and business formation. Networking will be from 6:30-7. My talk will begin at 7. IxDA will have the space afterward for additional … Continue reading

Trademarks Basics – Federal Registrations and Common Law Rights
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Trademarks Basics – Federal Registrations and Common Law Rights

Trademarks are an integral part of brand identity and marketing – so what are they really, and how do you obtain them?  This article goes back to basics and summarizes trademark issues from the perspective of those running small to medium sized businesses. What They Are Trademark law is based on premise that consumers should be able to rely … Continue reading