Copyright in the Era of NFTs

Whether you’re an avid NFT investor with a large gallery, a curious traditional investor wondering what this new market is, or an artist who has discovered their art being repurposed as an NFT, it’s important to know the implications of copyright within this space. Because these NFTs commonly feature some sort of art or photography, and some NFT projects are not quite up to snuff, there have been multiple projects Read More

How to Keep Your Trademarks in Compliance with the USPTO

Going about securing federal protection for your company’s trademarks means you have a fair amount of work to do up front. The application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is fairly in-depth, which means it would be wise to have an attorney help you. Even after you submit a trademark application and it is approved, though, you have to take certain actions to maintain your federal Read More

Three Types of Patents Available for Inventors

If you have come up with a new invention, or even just an idea for a new invention, you need to make sure you take the necessary steps to protect it. In most instances, this means filing for a patent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to prevent others from taking your idea and using it as their own. There are three types of patents available for inventors. This blog offers an introduction to each of these Read More

Five Things Copyright Law Does Not Protect

A copyright provides protection for works of authorship. This encompasses any description or representation of an idea or system, including photographs, writings, paintings, and other forms of depiction. If you have authored something, you want to be sure that no one else can try to claim it as theirs or use it without your permission. By copyrighting your work, you strengthen your legal right to stop other people Read More

Inventors: How to Patent Your Invention

If you are an inventor, you need to learn the basics of patenting your idea or creation before launching it in your business or through other commercial means. If you do not take these steps, then you risk someone stealing your idea without any meaningful repercussions. Patenting your idea does not have to be a huge obstacle, but because the process is technical, it can be a little daunting. However, if you keep good Read More

5 Items You Need to Include in Your Website’s Privacy Policy

If you run a website, blog, or an app, then having a privacy policy is essential. A privacy policy tells your visitors what data you are collecting from them and how it will be stored and used. The purpose of such a policy, aside from being a requirement under the law, is to build trust with your readers or users, which in turn can help your business thrive at a time when mistrust of the internet and data collection Read More

Intellectual Property Law: An Overview of Your Options

Protecting your company’s intellectual property (IP) is one of the most important things you can do as a business owner. This is because your IP is one of the most valuable aspects of your business, so making sure it stays safe and secret is essential to your company's continued success. There are several different types of IP and, depending on what your company does, you may need to think about more than one type. Read More

E-Discovery 101

Electronic discovery, or E-Discovery, refers to the process in which electronically stored information (ESI) is searched, located, and secured with the intent of using it as evidence in a legal proceeding. ESI includes things such as emails, documents, presentations, databases, voicemail, audio and video files, social media, and websites. Basically, it incorporates anything stored electronically. In lots of ways, it Read More

Understanding California’s Trade Secret Laws

As a business owner, you likely have information that you would not want the public or your competitors to learn. This information can be anything from your marketing plan to a recipe that has been handed down for generations. Trade secrets are usually protected by nondisclosure agreements and are easily stolen because they are usually nothing more than information that is obtained by virtue of being an employee of Read More

Intellectual Property Law 101

Anything that is produced by the human mind is considered “intellectual property.” It may be something that starts out as a simple idea, but it ends up having practical effects on the world around you. Businesses often create intellectual property more than they realize. Even something simple, such as how you package your product, is considered intellectual property and may require legal protection. Things like Read More