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When you register a trademark or service mark, the first thing to decide is if you should register the mark with the Florida State Government, Federal Government, or both. A Florida trademark attorney can assist you in making this decision as well as assist you in applying for the mark. Although you can establish your … Read more

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The Copyright Act

Posted on April 25, 2013 by Boyer Law Firm, P.L.

Under The Copyright Act of 1976, an owner of a copyright has exclusive reproduction rights, distribution rights, the right to create adaptations (derivative work), the right to prepare new works based on the protected work, and performance and display rights. The owner may license or sell any of these rights for a profit. It is common … Read more

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You’ve probably heard about Siri from Apple, the virtual assistant app that lets you speak your questions. What you may not know is that Siri stores the questions you ask in a database. Siri also collects other information, such as the contacts on your phone, in order to be more efficient. This information is also … Read more

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OZ: The Great and Legal

Posted on March 7, 2013 by Boyer Law Firm, P.L.

Sam Raimi, director of the new film “Oz: The Great and Powerful” is being very careful not to infringe on the rights of the 1939 classic movie “The Wizard of Oz,” even though the movie is supposed to be a prequel. He was told that anything unique to the movie that was not in L. … Read more

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Jim Roberts, one of the top editors at the New York Times, recently quit the Times and the debate ensued as to who owned his 75,000 Twitter followers. Roberts accepted a buyout for the followers, but the issue has still come under debate and speculation. Twitter followers are a commodity in today’s social-media-obsessed society. One … Read more

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Business piracy is the unauthorized use of intellectual property owned by a business. Business piracy is stealing. Theft of intellectual property costs businesses in Florida and throughout the United States billions of dollars per year, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). On their website they state that intellectual property theft is the top … Read more

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Google recently lost an infringement lawsuit regarding a patent that most people wouldn’t think of as being intellectual property: a filtering technology that generates online advertising based on search terms. Vringo, Inc. was awarded over $30 million for Google and four co-defendants’ – AOL Inc., IAC/InterActiveCorp, Target Corporation and Gannett Co Inc. – infringements on … Read more

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  A “work made for hire” is a piece of intellectual property created by an employee or independent contractor of a company in which the rights to the property belong to the company, not the author. There are many things to consider in regards to this law, the first being whether the author was an … Read more

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When most people think of Estate planning, they think of packing up a house and dividing assets such as jewelry, baseball cards, and family heirlooms. These are all important things to think about, but in today’s age of technology, there is a whole other area of assets to include in your estate plan: Digital Assets. … Read more

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It is important when thinking about trademarking your business, logo, product or any other trademark-able item, that you make sure you do not infringe on someone else’s trademark. There are some simple steps to take to protect yourself from the costly mistakes of infringement. Four simple steps that Boyer Law Firm recommends are as follows: … Read more

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