With all the media coverage of copyright and trade-mark lawsuits, especially those involving the big music and movie companies who thought it was a good idea to sue teenagers and their parents for the teens’ file sharing practices, you probably understand intellectual property law much better now than you did before.
If you are a business owner, you probably have a website as part of your marketing and advertising efforts or you are planning to create one. What happens if you use a photo, a logo or a slogan or phrase that someone else is already using? How do you check to make sure you won’t end up at the wrong end of a lawsuit for damages for violating someone else’s copyright, trade-mark, or trade name? How do you know if what you want to use would or could be a violation? Have you thought about how you will protect your own business name, logo or slogan from unauthorized use? What about the look of your website? Does it resemble any other websites? How closely? Are you advertising similar or quite different products or services?
Mistakes in the area of the intellectual property law, even honest mistakes, can be very costly. If you have a question about copyright or trade-marks, or whether the information you are looking for is even related to intellectual property at all, we can help.