Weblogs, popularly referred to as “blogs,” are the corner soapbox, complete with crowd commentary. They are an almost perfect answer to our universal need to be heard. You can become a blogger by creating your own blog, or by participating in someone else’s blog. In their simplest form blogs are nothing more than a website,
When a contractor or consultant performs services for a business often there is a physical item that is the outcome of those services. It might be an employee manual created by a human resources consulting firm, a photograph for an ad, or a software program created for your accounting department. Ownership of that work product
A crow bar works best when being used to pry something open, and not when it’s being used as a hammer. The same is true for intellectual property rights. Different types of intellectual property rights provide different types of protection. There are four types of intellectual property rights: trademarks, copyrights, patents and trade secrets. Each
Employment agreements can be used to educate employees on their obligations, clarify gray areas under the law, and expand the employer’s rights. These agreements often contain language relating to two important intellectual property related issues – the handling of confidential information and the assignment of ownership rights. Often this language is viewed simply as “legalese” without
Trademarks and Service Marks have their own special language. Here are some terms that will help with understanding just what we’re talking about. Trademarks and Service marks are words, pictures, colors, sounds, and smells that uniquely identify your goods and services in the marketplace. Trademarks are applied to goods. Service marks are applied to services.
Trademarks and service marks are the words and symbols that identify your company’s product and services to the public and in the marketplace. While symbolizing your goodwill, these marks also tell your customers where to find you and distinguish you from your competitors. They are valuable assets of your business. From the legal perspective, a