By: Sasha Wells | Apr 12, 2012 Copyrights have been around a lot longer than you might think. Great Britain first started to use them very early in the 17th century to help protect the rights of the artist who were trying to earn a living by writing books and creating other forms of literary art. The most important thing the early British copyright laws, which were called the Statute of Anne, did was prevent the printers from r
By: Sasha Wells | Apr 12, 2012 Before investing the money in having a trademark registered you are likely wondering what the benefits of your investment will be. There are quite a few benefits, so you should give serious consideration to what trademark interests you want to protect before you hire a trademark attorney and before you file your trademark application. Let's take a look at a few of the major benefits that you sho
By: Sasha Wells | Apr 12, 2012 When you go to the section of the United States Trademark and Patent Office website for submitting an application for a trademark online, the forms look deceptively easy to fill out. The problem is that if the information that you put into that form is not worded correctly it can lead to a quick rejection of your application, filing of an opposition, or worse. A trademark attorney is in a much be
By: Sasha Wells | Apr 12, 2012 Trademarks, in some form or fashion, have actually been in existence for thousands of years. Seals have been identified from as early as 3500 B.C. That were used to stamp goods as being manufactured by a particular artisan. While trademark attorneys in the sense that they exist today were not around back then, there were likely individuals that defended the artisans who found that their seals ha
By: Sasha Wells | Apr 12, 2012 There was a time when everyone had a great deal of respect for intellectual property. The creation of the internet has blurred the lines, making it difficult for some people to fully grasp exactly what they can and can’t do when it comes to the use of intellectual property. Trademark attorneys try to help sort out the situation.
By: Sasha Wells | Apr 12, 2012 It doesn’t matter if someone tries using the trademark you registered with the , or if someone has copy and pasted some of the content you posted on your web and posted it on their website, claiming it as their own. You’ve been violated. The person or company that did this, whether knowingly or not, has stolen something of yours.
By: Sasha Wells | Apr 12, 2012 When you’re writing a novel, it is tempting to include thing like song lyrics and lines from movies, after all, if the line is well known it can be an excellent and concise way for you to make your point without having to spend pages and pages explaining it. You should know that it can also get you into serious trouble with copyright attorneys.
By: Sasha Wells | Apr 12, 2012 For some strange reason, the general public seems to think that in order for something to be copyrighted, it has to go through some sort of formal registration process, just like a trademark does when a company wants exclusive use of a particular logo. As a result most people assume that photos and articles posted on websites all over the internet are fair game. This is not the case at all.
By: Sasha Wells | Apr 12, 2012 Have you been operating under the assumption that a trademark is just that, a trademark? Me too, but I was wrong. There are actually variations among trademarks that put them in one of four following categories: fanciful, arbitrary, suggestive and descriptive. Due to the fact that multiple trademark categories exist it quickly becomes obvious why trademark attorneys are necessary to successfully n
By: Sasha Wells | Apr 12, 2012 There are many people who own valuable properties and who work very hard to make sure that those properties stay safe and well protected. With most physical pieces of property this is done with things such as vaults or safes. If you have a lot of money, you keep it in a bank, if you have a diamond necklace you may keep it in a home safe. However, there are some items that cannot be protected with