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Trademark Tip: Why to Register in Black and White

  Consider registering your trademark in black and white. This protects trademark use in all colors, rather than only limiting protection to the colors provided in a color image. If color is vital to your brand, consider two applications: one in black and white and one in your brand colors.

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Copyright Tip: When There’s No © Symbol

All original works of authorship are protected by copyright as soon as they are created and placed in a fixed format. This is true even if there is no © symbol used. Be safe. Always obtain permission before: Reproducing the work Distributing copies of the work Preparing derivative materials based upon the work Displaying or performing the work publicly

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Options for Protecting Original Software Code

Protecting your original software code allows you to gain control over how your idea is distributed to the public. Do you want it to be open source? Licensed? Kept secret? Furthermore, without legal protection, you could even be prevented from using your own code in certain situations. There are three main ways to protect your code: trade secret, copyright, and patent. Trade secret A trade secret is proprietary information that gives an individual or company […]

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Broughan to Chair JBA’s Franchise, Intellectual Property, and Technology Committee

Crystal Broughan will serve as the Jacksonville Bar Association’s Chair of the Franchise, Intellectual Property, and Technology Committee for 2017-2018. Her Vice-Chair will be Kate Rowe with Smith Gambrell.  Crystal will be attending the Jacksonville Bar Associations Open Bar Social on Thursday, July 27, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at 1 Independent Drive on the 2nd Floor in downtown Jacksonville. Lawyers who are interested in serving on the Franchise, Intellectual Property, and Technology Committee should stop by […]

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Tips for Avoiding Intellectual Property Litigation

Litigation can be time-consuming, expensive, and damaging to your business’s reputation. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to reduce your chance of being involved in unnecessary litigation related to IP. DO conduct a trademark search to see if anyone else is already using the trademark BEFORE you select a trademark name or logo. Do register your trademarks with the State of Florida and/or the United States Patent and Trademark Office. DO protect your Intellectual […]

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Copyright FAQ: Internet Images and Articles

If an image or article is free and publicly available on the web, can I use it with attribution? Not without permission from the appropriate copyright holders. If it is an original work of authorship, it is covered by copyright – no matter where you found the material, and even if you include the source.

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