OWNERSHIP OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Trademarks and Copyrights

Your business needs ownership. Ownership of IP creates an instant asset that can be licensed through contracts.

It also makes sure no one can falsely claim ownership of your stuff.  

An easy way to understand what needs which protection, think of it as:

TRADEMARK: titles affiliated with your business, including the business name, catch phrases, podcast name, and more.

COPYRIGHT: content that is created by your business should be copywritten, including what is discussed on a podcast, the website, pamphlets, commercials, vocal arrangements, ebooks, photography, and more.

OWNERSHIP

LICENSING

Contracts

IP Assignment Agreement

A legal contract containing provisions for the transfer of IP ownership from one person or entity to another.  It is commonly used in business to transfer the ownership rights in IP.

Non-Disclosure Agreement

A legal contract between at least two parties that outlines confidential material, knowledge, or information that the parties wish to share with one another for certain purposes, but wish to restrict access to or by third parties. It is a contract through which the parties agree not to disclose information covered by the agreement. An NDA creates a confidential relationship between the parties to protect any type of confidential and proprietary information or trade secrets.

Independent Contractor Agreement

Governs the relationship between a company and an independent contractor. It helps to eliminate any ambiguities about whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor. If a worker is characterized as an employee rather than an independent contractor, then the company may be responsible for employment taxes, benefits, overtime pay, and more.

OWNERSHIP

LAWSUITS

IIP LITIGATION:

DEFENDING AND ENFORCING

Enforce: If an individual or business is using your federally protected trademark, copyright, or patent there are ways to stop the infringement.  While sending a cease and desist letter is the first step, I am equipped to take it further whether before the TTAB or filing a complaint in Federal district court.

Defend: If you or your business has received a cease and desist, an opposition from TTAB, or have been served as being an infringer, I am able to defend against the allegations.