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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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Crystal T. Broughan named Best Intellectual Property Attorney in Jacksonville Business Journal 2016 BizTech Innovation Awards

Shareholder and Intellectual Property Attorney Crystal T. Broughan was recently named the Best Intellectual Property Attorney in Jacksonville in the 4th Annual BizTech Innovation Awards hosted by the Jacksonville Business Journal. She will receive her award at their upcoming awards luncheon on Thursday, October 20th. We will share more information and links to the article about her practice as the event approaches.   Congratulations, Ms. Broughan!

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Trademark Searches: A Cost-Saving Measure Often Ignored

Businesses often overlook a simple but critical step in establishing a new brand for a company, product or service, a trademark search.  The first step in a trademark strategy for the adoption and protection of a new word or design mark should be the search process.  Often, clients do not budget for a trademark search or ask for a scaled down search process to save money.  In today’s business environment, the value of establishing a […]

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How Do I Handle Every Day Copyright Issues?

Ooops…I made a Mistake! What do I do now?  Copyright issues permeate every aspect of our lives in the electronic age. Clients regularly contact me regarding images they obtained from a third party website and used on their own website or in a presentation. Usually, the client has obtained a cease and desist letter from a stock photography company instructing the client to cease using the image(s) and to pay the stock photography company a […]

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Shareholder Crystal Broughan Answers your Frequently Asked Questions in her latest blog series

You Created It. We Protect It. A blog by Crystal Broughan Shareholder and Intellectual Property Attorney Crystal Broughan answers your FAQ’s regarding all things Intellectual Property in her blog series. Each week she will be posting articles to help you better understand what Intellectual Property law is and how her team can assist your business. If you have an IP question you’d like Crystal to cover, email her at [email protected] Volume 1: Trademarks   Volume […]

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