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Things to consider when choosing a domain name for your business

You have a new business. You decided on a name. You've run a trademark search to make sure that it isn't already claimed. Now you have to select a domain name for your website. Just because the name of your business hasn't already been trademarked doesn't mean that it's not being used as a domain name by someone.

Do street artists have the right to protect their work?

Some of the most innovative artists in the world do their work in public spaces. They prefer being street artists (sometimes referred to as graffiti artists) to pursing a more lucrative career in commercial art. Because they create and display their art in public places, does that mean that they don't have the legal right to prevent it from being used without their permission -- particularly if the art was created illegally in a place where they didn't get permission from the appropriate government entity or property owner?

What's a trademark and what protections does it afford you?

When many people think of intellectual property, they often think of copyrights and patents. For business owners, though, trademarking their company's name or the different concepts associated with it, is also type of intellectual property they may wish to protect. Finding a way to legally protect trade secrets from being freely distributed to others is another type.

Intellectual property: Trademarks, patents and copyrights

The terminology intellectual property refers to a protection of any creation that an individual has been inspired to make. Intellectual property laws protect against someone, who didn't create that work, from taking it and financially benefiting from it as if it were his or her own. It's believed that by having intellectual property protections in place, it helps spawn both social and economic development of society.

There are ways to legally protect trade secrets

Trade secrets are different than trademarks and copyrights, and it's often a bit harder to protect them. For example, the formula that your company uses to make a cleaning product could be a trade secret. Your techniques for combining the different ingredients may also be a secret. Depending on the industry, secrets may also include certain patterns or processes.

Legislators petition for revocation of Havana Club trademark

A 25-member bipartisan delegation within the Florida Congress has called for the Trump administration to issue an executive revocation of a Cuban company's Havana Club registered trademark. Bicardi America, the American-owned company who bought the original rum recipe from Cuban exiles, maintains the shared names and trademark make it difficult to maintain brand equity.

Three legal tools that can help protect your intellectual property

Entrepreneurs with unique ideas or innovations are wise to take steps to protect their work. There are a number of methods available that can help to better ensure a competitor does not steal your ideas.

How people may try to rationalize stealing your online content

Information spreads quickly and easily on the Internet. That's one of the huge benefits of the web, but it can also be a serious problem. In some situations, your information or online content may get stolen and used to benefit someone else without your permission. People try to rationalize this move in a few different ways.

2 Florida breweries in trademark dispute

There are a lot of brewery option in Florida, which is great for those looking to try out microbrews, but it has led to some clashes between them. Right now, Due South Brewing and Big Storm Brewing are battling over the rights to a trademarked logo. The owner of Due South Brewing claims that his company's trademark has been infringed upon by Big Storm, which is using a very similar label.

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