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Take care when using trademarked and other protected work

Event organizers here in South Florida often partner with local and national businesses who are sponsoring an event. Having these businesses' logos and other identifying images on your marketing material and around the event venue itself can help promote it. However, it's essential to get the appropriate clearances to avoid infringing on their intellectual property rights.

Trade names vs. trademarks: What's the difference?

When Floridians start their own business, many learn all sorts of intellectual property terms they were previously only vaguely familiar with -- copyrights, patents, trademarks and fictitious names and trade secrets, for example. These can be crucial to establishing and protecting your unique identity in your field. Two terms that people often confuse with one another are trade names and trademarks.

Why entrepreneurs need to understand intellectual property

Intellectual property (IP) laws provide essential protections for entrepreneurs and businesses owners. They help them protect their unique ideas from theft by others, and therefore, help them protect the value of their business and their work.

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.

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