For California companies across many sectors, the need to protect their intellectual property can be of paramount importance in today's competitive global marketplace. The disclosure of sensitive information to the wrong parties can provide advantages to competitors in illegal ways. It is essential that businesses track their patents, trademarks, copyrights and other secret information carefully so that they are able to support a claim of IP violation if such an event ever happens.
The argument for what is and what is not intellectual or trademarked property may seem fairly cut-and-dry: if it is the product of a person or organization's creative mind, then it is their property. Yet there may be times when the question of IP disputes in Sacramento does not come down to the nature of the property being disputed itself, but rather ancillary processes and semantics. Those looking to utilize another's creative properties without authorization may attempt to come up with creative ways to get around the regulations protecting them (even following methods that may appear to be perfectly legal).
California businesses or individuals who hold intellectual property know how important protecting those assets can be to their future and to other entities with whom they may wish to do business. From professional musicians to actors to corporate businesses and more, the world of copyrights, trademarks and other forms of IP is an essential part of their everyday world. The same can be true of professional athletes.
A 35-year-old sports gambler won over $2 million during a 33-game streak on the quiz show "Jeopardy!" Earlier this week, an episode of the popular program, recorded in California, aired showing another player finally deposing the long-running champion. However, some people became aware of the outcome of the game before it hit the airwaves because of a leaked video of the outcome that someone posted on the internet.
When starting a small business, you may have designed a logo, brand or symbol to represent your company. You may have registered your trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office to help ensure no one else will duplicate your brand. Registering a trademark gives you extra protection when it comes to pursuing legal action for infringement. Even though your trademark is registered, however, you still run the risk of having someone else get ahold of your design.
Companies in California who need to guard their intellectual property can often learn a lot about this topic by watching the activities of other businesses. For the past couple of years now, two technology giants headquartered in the state have been at odds with each other over alleged intellectual property infringements.
If you or your company hold a copyright, trademark, patent or other form of intellectual property, you will want to learn about your options for enforcing the protections associated with those in the event that you believe a violation has occurred. California companies often secure intellectual property protections to further their business and financial interests and defending these may at times be necessary.
A wide-ranging, eight-week racketeering trial in California has branded a motorcycle club known as the Mongols as a criminal enterprise, allegedly engaging in offenses involving firearms, drugs and violent crime. However, the decision of a California jury last week that the group must forfeit its trademarked logo raises questions about due process and free speech.
Most people in California have been into a Target store before and may well know that the company sells a variety of clothing and shoe products. Some of these items are from name brands and some are knock-offs of major brands. The world of fashion replica products is a complex one apparently as can be seen in a recent lawsuit initiated against Target by the shoe designer and manufacturer Vans.
Anyone in Sacramento who might dismiss an intellectual property lawsuit as being frivolous litigation does not understand the impact that IP can have. Should an employee take office supplies home with them, those things can be easily replaced (at a relatively minor expense). If an employee steals IP, they may threaten both a company's standing in its market as well as the proprietary information that makes it unique. Couple this with the amount of time, effort and money that companies put into developing IP, and it may come as little surprise why those choose to defend it so vigorously.