One of the most common responses to a violation of intellectual property rights is to send a cease and desist letter. According to QuickBooks, this type of letter informs a person that he or she is violating your intellectual property rights by using your protected material.
Trade secrets are often essential for the success of your business, which is why so many small business owners in California are concerned with protecting them. In order to safeguard important information, you'll need to know what steps to take, from how trade secrets are defined to filing a civil suit if a breach occurs. The following is a guide to the protection of trade secrets to make sure they stay out of reach of your competitors.
At Wang IP Law Group, P.C., we understand that the name of your business becomes its brand and defines the company. The U.S. Small Business Administration notes that in the United States, you have the option to register your company's trademark by state, or you could choose to register it through the federal government. But what if you plan to take your company global?
California residents may not consider how the design of a product is connected to the patent. An ongoing lawsuit between technology companies demonstrates why it is important to understand which aspects a product are covered by a patent.
Your company has no doubt expended a good deal of time, energy and resources in developing your trademark. The value of that mark comes from its exclusivity. So what happens when a competitor in your space introduces something similar that, while distinct enough to not qualify as trademark infringement, could certainly cause confusion amongst consumers as to which was truly your brand? Many of the clients that we here at the Wang IP Law Group PC have worked with in the past have come to us facing this same conundrum. Fortunately, we have typically been able to offer good news: There is legal recourse available in such situations.
When you are the creator of a creative work, you have protection under the law so nobody else can take your work and claim it is theirs. This protection is offered at the federal level, so if you have a case of copyright infringement in California, it is handled by a federal court, not a state court. Protection for written works and some audio work is offered under a copyright.
The Cold War may be over, but espionage never goes out of style. In fact, it may be one of the oldest activities on Earth. Since man began inventing and acquiring objects, even the simplest of tools and adornments, it is a sure bet that someone else has wanted to borrow, share or steal it from them, or at least, acquire the knowledge to make their own. Industrial espionage, also known as economic espionage, is still alive and well today.