Intellectual Property

Generally, Intellectual Property Law involves the following areas:

  • Copyright: Original creative works such as paintings, writing, architecture, movies, software, photos, dance, and music are protected by federal copyright law, with the length of protection varying on when the work was first published.
  • Trademark: Brand names such as Samsung or Disney, as well as logos, slogans, and other items that distinguish products and/or services may be protected under federal and state trademark laws.
  • Right of Publicity: The image and name of a person is protected under state law governing the right of publicity. These protect against the unauthorized use of a person’s name or image for commercial purposes — for example, the use of your picture on a box of cereal.
  • Trade Secrets: State and federal trade secret laws both protect confidential business information. Trade secret protection hinges on many factors such as origin of the secret, uniqueness, and public access. An example of a trade secret would be a unique method of calculating acceptable prices, or of locating new customers.
  • Right of Privacy: Although not entirely an intellectual property matter, privacy concerns in the internet age are enlarged and you may have redress if your privacy is violated; especially when a promise existed to maintain your data in confidence.

We handle Copyright registration, Trademark registrations (both Federal and State), Trade Secret litigation, and preserve your right of privacy.    Please contact us if you have concerns with any of the above, including Customs Regulation 19 CFR 103.31 (d), whereby the public may be prevented from collecting manifest data at any port of entry. Reporters collect and publish names of importers from vessel manifest data unless an importer/shipper requests confidentiality.