Strategic Planning for your Intellectual Property.
Investing in an initial conversation with a competent intellectual property (IP) attorney BEFORE you start your business can be a worthwhile endeavor. And, if you select the right lawyer, the experience can be well worth the investment. Below are a few questions that will assist you in the process. Knowing the answers will help you and your attorney determine what type of intellectual property is best suited for your needs:
- What is your long-range strategy for creating, protecting, and managing your distinctive brand, your valuable content, your creative ideas, and other IP?
- What kind of products and/or services will you offer?
- Will you be the creator of your intellectual property, or will you hire someone to create it for you?
- Will you hire employees or will you use independent contractors?
- Are you interested in creating derivative works based on your existing content?
- What do you want your company brand to represent?
- How will you protect that brand? Do you have a distinctive logo or design? A catchy distinctive slogan? A name?
- Will your trademarks and copyrights be registered? Should they be?
A competent IP attorney will help you answer these questions and more.
IP Strategy Involves a Number of Legal Issues.
Francine can help you with a variety of legal issues. There are many legal issues which are prevalent when it comes to anything that relates to digital content. The increased use of the Internet has created many issues related to the formation and reproduction of digital creative works. This is why it is important to consult with Francine to take advantage of the benefits that digital information can offer.
There are basically eight different categories of creative works which should be protected by copyright registration and the laws associated with it. Francine will help you with copyright registration, as well as legal issues that accompany each particular type of work.
- Broadcasts: This type of creative work includes media broadcasts such as television and radio, which is intellectual property delivered via these media sources.
- Literary Works: Literary works include books, newspaper articles, case studies, dissertations, emails, ebooks, and other digital information.
- Musical Works: This category includes music recordings, scores, creative songs and move soundtracks.
- Sound Recordings: This type of work includes recorded presentations, oral tapes, historic programs and documentaries.
- Drama Works: Drama Works can include play manuscripts and performances, musicals, and play books.
- Artistic Works: This category covers creative works such as images, paintings, photos and graphic design works.
- Typographic Works: This type of work can include website structure and design and translated digital content for websites.
- Cinematography: This category includes films and videos.
All of these categories have their own set of legal issues which range from intellectual property rights, clearing and managing digital rights, licensing, and protecting intellectual property, to name a few issues.
Other Reasons to Hire Francine as Your Intellectual Property Attorney
In addition to handling copyright registration, trademark registration, contracts, patents, trade secrets and other issues, Francine can also help you with information technology issues that relate to organizations such as ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), which oversees the logistics of Internet Protocol addresses and domain names, ACPA (Anti-cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act), which aids in the prevention of cybersquatting, which is the unlawful use of domain names and trademarks to profit from the goodwill associated with these names, and the UDRP (Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy) created under ICANN to protect trademarked domain names.
So as you can see there are many reasons you should hire Francine to handle all of the responsibilities associated with protecting your intellectual property. Contact her today!