We have some remarkable artists, authors and songwriters in our area. One recently asked me to help her through the process of copyrighting her work.
It is a very simple process, really. A visit to the United States Copyright Office website, http://www.copyright.gov and it’s a pretty straightforward process.
Same goes for protecting other intellectual property. Copyrights, trademarks, service marks, trade names. All have value. They have even more value to the people that work hard to establish a brand or a mark. Don’t let someone come along and take what you’ve earned.
Likewise, you can’t just toss a registration on someone else’s intellectual property. Trademarks aren’t just registered, they have to be used and earned to establish your ownership of the mark. I know some folks from Illinois that wish they hadn’t tried that little trick. Cost them $525,000. Juries don’t like people that steal someone’s hard earned brand.
Nevertheless, if you need assistance, I will be more than happy to help. You may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or simply call the office at 251-476-2292 for further information.