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Intellectual Property

Black’s Law definition of intellectual property:  “A category of intangible rights protecting commercially valuable products of the human Intellect.  This category comprises primarily trademark, copyright and patent rights, but also includes trade-secret rights, publicity rights, moral rights and rights against unfair competition.” 

Copyright Law

  • Assignments and recordation
  • Copyright searches
  • Interpretation of domestic and foreign rights
  • Licensing and contract negotiation
  • Litigation, mediation and arbitration of copyright matters
  • Merchandising and Licensing
  • Protection of rights in merchandising properties
  • Registration of copyright

Trademark Law

  • Assignments and recordation
  • Counseling on appropriate trademark usage in advertising, commercials and packaging
  • Customs recordation
  • Federal and state trademark registration
  • Foreign trademark registration
  • Internet domain name disputes
  • Licensing of trademarks and service marks
  • Litigation, mediation and arbitration of trademark matters  
  • Opposition and cancellation proceedings
  • Trademark searches and interpretation
  • Trademark/servicemark selection and development

Trade-Secret Protection
Definition:  Wikipedia: “A trade secret is a formula, practice, process, design, instrument, pattern, or compilation of information which is not generally known or reasonably ascertainable, buy which a business can obtain an economic advantage over competitors or customers. 

  • Counsel and represent clients in connection with development and
    protection of trade secrets
  • Nondisclosure agreements

Moral Rights 
Definition provided by Black’s Law:
  “A right protecting a visual artist’s work beyond the ordinary protections of copyright.  Moral rights include both integrity rights, which protect the work from changes that damage the artist’s or the work’s reputation, and attribution rights, which allow the artist to claim authorship of the work and prevent the unlawful use of the author’s name in reference to a modified version of the work.”

  • Protection of these rights occurs through contractual agreements and the
    Visual Artists Rights Act

Mediation and Dispute Resolution 

 

 
 

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Entertainment Law

Wikipedia Definition:
Entertainment law or media law is a term for a mix of more traditional categories of law with a focus on providing legal services to the entertainment industry.

The principal areas of Entertainment Law overlap substantially with the well-known and conventional field of intellectual property law. But generally speaking the practice of entertainment law often involves questions of agency, business and corporate law, defamation (liable and slander), employment law,immigration, insurance law, international, intellectual property (especially trademarks, copyright, trade secrets, and patents),labor law, partnership, the right of publicity, security interests, and securities law. Much of the work of an entertainment law practice is transaction based, i.e. drafting contracts, negotiation and mediation.

Some situations may lead to litigation, mediation or arbitration. Entertainment law is generally sub-divided into areas related to the types of activities that have their own specific trade unions, production techniques, rules, customs, case law, and negotiation strategies.

 
 
 
 

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