San Diego Trademark and Copyright Attorneys
– Helping Companies Protect Their Trademarks and Copyrights.
For many companies, Trademark law and Copyrights represent some of their most valuable assets. Regardless of what you offer consumers — services or goods — trademarks and copyrights are the keys to building and establishing a recognizable brand and protecting intellectual property.
What is TRADEMARK Law
A trademark is a word, group of words, or a design that indicates the origin of goods or services. When affixed to goods, it is called a trademark. When affixed to services, it is called a service mark. State and federal statues protect both trademarks and service marks in a special area of law called trademark law. A registered trademark is indicated by the symbol ®. A common law, or unregistered trademark, is indicated by the symbol TM. A service mark is indicated by the symbol SM. Trademarks and service marks may be registered with the state and federal government. The decision as to where to register a mark depends upon the business plans of the company, and the geographic region in which they do business.
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Our trademark attorney services include:
- Registration applications
- Maintenance and renewal
- Licensing agreements
- Opposition matters and cancelation of others’ trademarks in the United States Patent and Trademark Office
- Trademark searches
- Infringement litigation
Copyright laws protect a creative expression fixed in a tangible medium. Copyrights do not protect ideas, but may protect the expression of the idea. For example, a copyright will not, typically, protect the idea for a book, but it will protect the text, or expression within a book. A work is protected by copyright the moment it is created and fixed in a tangible form that it is perceptible either directly or with the aid of a machine or device.
Copyrights may be registered with the federal government to receive the highest protection possible. While registration is voluntary, you will have to register, if you wish to bring a lawsuit for infringement of a U.S. work. For information on our affordable copyright registration fee packages, click here.
Our copyright services include:
- Identifying works in which you own copyright
- Registering your copyrights
- Protecting your copyrights against those who might infringe on them
- Licensing your copyrighted works to others for creative or commercial purposes
Through our secure portal, we are able to deliver cost-effective legal services to businesses throughout California, including Los Angeles, Irvine, Oakland, Riverside, San Jose, San Francisco or Temecula, ready to assist.
Meet Our Lead Trademark and Copyright Law Attorney
Karen M. Hawkes is a San Diego Lawyer providing both transactional and litigation services to individuals and businesses. Ms. Hawkes focuses her practice on the protection and enforcement of brands for clients ranging from start-ups to well established corporations of all sizes. She has experience in a wide range of industries including e-commerce, authors [..]
Below are some of our recent blog articles, written by our Intellectual Property attorney:
Maximizing Your Business Profits by Licensing Your Intellectual Property
This article discusses the importance of registering copyrights in order to provide business owners and authors significant benefits, including statutory damages and reimbursement for attorneys’ fees, in the event someone infringes on their copyrights
TRADEMARK MAINTENANCE: How Do I Maintain a Registration?