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What You Need to Know About Fashion Designs and Trademark / Copyright Laws

The fashion industry is a key part of our economy. According to data provided by the United States Congress Joint Economic Committee, Americans spend more than $250 billion each year on clothing and apparel. Of course, the value of apparel is not merely limited to the cost of the materials and production: fashion becomes truly valuable because of innovative designs. For their business to thrive, fashion designers must be able to protect their unique creations. Fortunately, United States trademark law offers some important protections for fashio... Read more

Copyright Law: What is a Derivative Work?

For the purposes of United States copyright law, a derivative work is one that is based directly from one or more already existing copyrightable works. Derivative works come in many different forms, from translations to musical rearrangements to movie productions of books and plays. When it comes to derivative works, there are many different complex copyright law issues that must be considered. In this post, our copyright law attorneys highlight some of the most important issues you need to know about derivative works. Who Can Create Derivative... Read more

How the U.S. Patent Process Works

Obtaining a patent is the U.S. involves a rigorous process. From conducting a patentability search to responding to the patent examiner’s objections and rejections, working with an experienced attorney along the way is a great idea. The following is an overview on the 6 stages of the U.S Patent Process: 1. Perform a Patentability Search The first step in the U.S. patent process is to perform a patentability search. The process of applying for and obtaining a patent is costly. Performing a patentability search will provide you with a realistic... Read more

The Importance of Trademark Classes for Businesses

If you want to trademark a name, logo, tag line, or any other symbol identifying the source of goods or services of your business, it is important to choose a suitable class of goods or services for registering the trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). It is essential to know about the basics of trademark classes to ensure you pick the correct one for your trademark or service mark. Incidentally, “trademarks” cover goods, “service marks” cover services. However, they are commonly collectively referred to as tradem... Read more

What is the “Fair Use” Doctrine for Copyrighted Material?

The “fair use” doctrine allows for promoting freedom of expressing by enabling others to use portions of copyrighted material without having to get permission from its owner.  The statutory framework for this rule is found in Section 107 of the Copyright Act.  The Fair Use Doctrine provides thorough guidelines for determining whether using a copyrighted material in a certain way falls under the doctrine of “fair use.”  It also identifies certain types of uses, such as: Comment News reporting Parody Criticism Teaching, allowing teach... Read more

Understanding the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA)

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) was signed into law by President Obama over a year ago. This legislation is a powerful tool that enables companies to bring lawsuits for trade-secret misappropriation under federal law. The DTSA amended the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 expanding trade secret protection while creating several new obligations for owners to take benefits from them. Here we briefly discuss the provisions of the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) to help you understand how you can use it to your advantage. A Federal Cause of Action... Read more

What are the Different Types of Patents?

Have you designed or invented something you believe is novel ?  If so, you should think of ways you can protect your idea or invention.  Patents are a great legal tool that allow people who come up with groundbreaking and innovative discoveries and inventions to keep them from being stolen, copied, or used without their permission. What are Patents and How Do They Work? A patent grants exclusive rights to an inventor to prevent another person or entity from making, selling, offering for sale, using, or importing into the United States that wh... Read more

Maldjian Law Group LLC Launches Blog

We are pleased to announce we are launching our new blog, which will provide news and updates as they relate to Intellectual Property Law. Our blog will touch on a number of topics including patents, trademarks, and copyrights. It will help guide you through intellectual property concepts and the complexities often associated with this area of the law. Our experienced attorneys have worked with businesses in industries across the board from computers to telecommunications and everything in between. Whether you are launching a new product or ser... Read more

Intellectual Property Blog

Please stay tuned for information related to patents, trademarks, copyrights and more. ... Read more