Intellectual Property Blog

Tips for Business Owners: What to Do After Discovering Infringement of Your IP Assets– Part 2: Consultation

You have evaluated someone’s use of your trademark or copyright-protected work and believe it constitutes infringement. It is now time to consult with your intellectual property lawyer. Preparing ahead of time will make your initial contact with legal counsel more efficient. The questions you have already answered for yourself are usually the ones an intellectual property lawyer will ask, so you should bring all evidence of the infringement you have found to your meeting. For […]

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5 New Year Tips for Business Owners

Happy New Year! As we start off 2019, here are a few tips for business owners that can help prevent bigger problems down the road. Read and make sure you understand all contracts you sign. I am always amazed at the number of business owners who come to me for assistance after they have signed an agreement. They are usually upset that the other party is not performing the way the business owner thought the […]

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Tips for Business Owners: Your Website Means You Operate in the Global Market

It is easy to think of yourself as a small, local business, especially if you never leave the house to run it. However, the reality is the second you create a website you are operating in the global marketplace. This also means you are subject to many of the same laws and regulations as huge multi-national corporations. Consider all the places where you plan to manufacture, transport, and distribute products. You should understand the rules […]

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Tips for Business Owners: Get All Agreements in Writing

As a business owner, you should ensure that all agreements are in writing. This is important not just for issues relating to intellectual property but for all aspects of your business. Here are a few reasons why. It eliminates incorrect assumptions. Imagine you start a t-shirt business with a colleague. He creates the designs, and you handle operating and marketing. After a year, one particular shirt design has become so popular that a major clothing […]

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Broughan Presents at FSU’s JMI for Global Entrepreneurial Studies

On January 30, 2018, Crystal Broughan gave a presentation titled “Intellectual Property 101” to a class of non-profit executives at Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurial Studies in Jacksonville. The Jim Moran Institute at the FSU College of Business aims to “cultivate, train, and inspire entrepreneurial leaders through world-class executive education, applied training, public recognition and leading-edge research.” The institute offers programs, expert speakers series, and an annual leadership conference for small business owners and […]

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Do You Need a License to Show That Movie?

A homeowner’s association has a pool movie night. A dentist plays movies in their waiting room. A church shows a film in their community room. In each of these situations, material protected by copyright law is shown in a public setting. If the organization did not obtain a license prior to the showing, it could be subject to penalties for copyright infringement. This is because U.S. copyright law protects original works of authorship fixed in […]

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