“Intellectual property” is often a company’s most valuable asset. Trademarks, copyrights, patents and trade secrets must be carefully developed, registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office or the Georgia Secretary of State, and protected from infringers. Slotkin Law helps clients protect, use and license their trademarks and copyrights.
A copyright is “an original work of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression.” Think computer programs, books, music, art, design patterns, photography or other original works. Slotkin Law helps clients protect and license their copyrights, and prevent misuse by third parties.
Works made for hire
A work made for hire is a copyrightable original work developed by an employee, or by a contractor under some circumstances. A work made for hire is owned by the company for whom the employee or contractor work.
Copyright law allows the use of copyrighted work without the author’s permission under very limited circumstances. Whether such a use is “fair” depends on circumstances including how much of the copyrighted work is used, whether the use is for such things as financial gain, commentary or parody.
Slotkin Law has many years’ experience helping clients license their valuable intellectual property. Companies and individuals sometimes allow others to use their copyrights, trademarks and other intellectual property. A license agreement sets forth the terms and limitations of such use, and usually describes the financial terms of the use. Licenses can be for exclusive or non-exclusive use, and must be carefully drafted to protect the owner of the intellectual property.
Deceptive Trade Practices
Georgia and federal law permit a party get a temporary or permanent injunction, which is a court order stopping infringement, unfair competition, unfair or deceptive business practices. A party typically must show a risk of “irreparable harm”, among other things. We help clients secure their rights and stop infringers.