Copyright infringement is one of the most frustrating aspects of being in business today. The easy availability of information has made it all to common for people to use your work without authorization, and pursuing legal action can be a complicated, time-consuming, and frustrating proposition. If you believe that work to which you own the rights has been used by another and you want to know what your options are, contact the Philadelphia law firm of Bochetto & Lentz. We will carefully analyze the situation to determine what remedies may be available to you.
Intellectual property is defined as any kind of invention or creation of the mind that is used in commerce and is owned. It might be a literary or artistic work, a design or symbol such as a trademark, a name or an image, or a patent. Trade secrets can be considered intellectual property as well. As attorneys who practice intellectual property law, the law firm of Bochetto & Lentz provide critical protections that allow you and your organization the full value of your work product, and we can do so in a number of ways. Here are five ways that an attorney can help you protect your intellectual property against copyright infringement:
- Be Proactive: By taking certain preventative measures such as registering your content or including a copyright notice, you put others on notice that your content is protected and that you will take action against anybody who tries to infringe upon your rights.
- Be Vigilant Regarding Content Detection: There are a number of monitoring tools that are available to spot copyright infringement and intellectual property violations. The earlier a violation is detected, the more effective cease and desist orders will be. Searches can be done using Google Search, as well as tools such as Plagium and Plagiarisma.
- Take Action Immediately: As soon as plagiarism is detected, it is important to take action. By providing us with information documenting the copyright infringement, we can take steps to contact them immediately, sending a cease and desist letter. Often this is enough to stop the violation.
- File a Copyright Infringement Lawsuit: Copyright Infringement lawsuits are filed in federal courts, which are the only courts that have jurisdiction over copyright claims. Though only material that has a copyright registered can e the subject of a lawsuit, that registration can occur after the infringement takes place, so we can take quick action to make you eligible to take this kind of action.
- Determine Monetary Damages: Intellectual property can take years to develop, and the loss of it can have a dramatic impact on a business’ potential for earning revenue. An experienced intellectual property attorney can help you determine the value of what has been infringed upon so that we can help you seek appropriate monetary damages.
If you have been the victim of copyright infringement, you need the help of an experienced intellectual property attorney. Call the Philadelphia law firm of Bochetto & Lentz today for knowledgeable copyright infringement help.
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