Intellectual Property Portfolio Strategy
We recommend that our clients take an integrated approach to protect their intellectual property and, where appropriate, combine patent, copyright, and trade secret protection to enhance and strengthen their intellectual property rights, see Combining Patent, Copyright, and Trade Secret Protection.
Fair Use Opinions
The 1976 Copyright Act carves out limitations, in sections 107 through 121, to the rights provided by the copyright law. We provide counsel to help a copyright owner determine the extent of the "fair use" or the "compulsory license." Alternatively, we provide counsel to a client wanting to establish the boundaries of "fair use" and the "compulsory license" from the perspective of the user of the material under copyright.
We provide full copyright registration services. Some examples of works of original expression that may be registered under one of several related acts include, but are not limited to:
- Architectural works
- Boat hulls
- Dramatic, musical, pantomimes, and choreographic works
- Literary works including computer programs
- Mask works for integrated circuit manufacture
- Motion pictures and other audiovisual works
- Pictorial, graphical, and sculptural works
Copyright Ownership and Related Agreements
Ownership of a copyright in an original work is most easily determined by executing the proper agreement between the parties involved before the original work is created. Work-for-hire, joint authorship, and employment agreements are types of agreements that we provide to clients so that copyright ownership need not be determined in the context of a costly litigation.
Copyright License Agreements
We provide counsel and prepare license agreements to help clients produce income from their protected material.