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Can you trademark a color?

Many iconic brands are associated with a specific color scheme, which becomes part of the business's or product's image. As a result, these companies may feel it is prudent to protect a specific color to prevent competitors from using it to mislead consumers. This legal tactic has had varying levels of success, as explained by Business Insider.

What can I do about intellectual property theft?

If you discover that your valuable intellectual property has been stolen, it's crucial that you take the right steps in a timely manner. These crimes can have a significant impact on your business and its profitability. Fortunately, there are avenues available that allow you to report issues and pursue the perpetrators that you believe breached your sensitive data. The U.S. Department of Justice recommends the following steps if you or your business is a victim of intellectual property theft.

New bill aims to reduce bad-faith patent infringement claims

Actively protecting classified intellectual property is one of the most highly-prioritized tasks for many organizations in California. The loss of sensitive information can expose a company's unique strategies and could ultimately destroy their success. Patents for one, are a valuable resource for entrepreneurs and businesses alike to utilize in their efforts to protect their product from being copied by other entities. 

Intellectual property laws and the things that threaten them

Companies in California are coming up with new, innovative products and services on a daily basis. While they often search for protection with patent, trademarks or copyrights, some do not realize that the creations of the mind are also protected as intellectual property. According to the California Department of General Services, intellectual property covers things such as words, symbols, software, phrases, logos, discoveries and designs.

What should you do if you are accused of copyright infringement?

If a company suspects that you or your California business is guilty of copyright infringement, the entity or one of its representatives will send you a letter or email or otherwise notify you via telephone that you are in violation of its copyright. The claim may relate to an article published on your website or to a photo you used in your blog. Typically, the notification will inform you that if you do not take steps to remedy the situation (remedy usually means pull down the copyrighted content or pay a fee), the owner of the copyright will file a court action against you. Upon receipt of this notification, you may panic, but do not -- instead, take the time to understand the claim and determine the best course of action based on your organization's needs and circumstances.

What is trademark infringement?

If you have recently created a trademark for your business, product or service, you want to ensure it does not fall into the hands of any other entity. Your trademark represents your product, brand and/or name. When someone else uses it, it may mislead consumers, destroy your reputation and affect your bottom line. Trademark infringement occurs when an entity uses a mark without your permission. There are steps you can take to defend your business against trademark infringement.

How can copyright registration offer more protection?

When it comes to intellectual property in California, sometimes it can be tough to protect it. You may not know right away that someone is using your work. Furthermore, once you discover an issue, it can be hard to remedy the situation. If you register your copyright, you will receive additional protections. Copyrights are registered with the U.S. Copyright Office. 

Wang IP Law Group scores big win for small organization

Copyright protections allow the owner the ability to hold a party that violates the copyright accountable for the violation. But when does the use of a copyrighted material rise to the level of a violation? That was the question discussed in a recent a case.

How can I protect my trade secrets?

Trade secrets are as diverse as the businesses they belong to. Lists of customers, recipes, methods of operation, formulas, and pricing can all have a real impact on the success of your enterprise and can result in loss of profits if this information falls into the hands of competitors. There are steps you can take to protect trade secrets, as explained by the U.S. Small Business Association.

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