Intellectual Property Law

  • Shooting on Location and Location Releases

    … Shooting on Location and Location Releases As I get more and more involved with the entertainment industry, I’ve found myself branching out of simple legal work and into the production side of this incredibly interesting world. One aspect that isn’t going anywhere, however, is the need to protect my clients. In a recent production meeting, I…

    Stephen Hoffman/ Hoffman Law Office, P.C.- 8 readers -
  • “Dope!”, IP Rights, and the Beastie Boys

    … the Boys’ intellectual property rights in the music. Under federal law, a single willful or reckless infringement authorizes damages up to $150,000, while both an innocent or a “regular” infringement authorize up to $30,000 per use. The jury, in rendering its verdict, found that Monster recklessly disregarded the possibility that its use would…

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  • How to Develop an IP Portfolio for Small Businesses

    … how do you do it? Intellectual property is generally broken down into four major categories: patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. Patent law protects novel inventions, systems, and processes for a term of years. Copyright law protects original works of authorship such as books, music, software, mobile apps, and websites, among…

    Stephen Hoffman/ Hoffman Law Office, P.C.- 13 readers -
  • The Legal Side of Developing a New Product

    …, but there are also several legal considerations that must be dealt with before taking your product to market. Intellectual Property Rights Is the product a new and useful machine, process, or other composition of matter? Is it novel and not obvious to someone familiar with those types of products and the industry? If you answered yes to both of these…

    Stephen Hoffman/ Hoffman Law Office, P.C.- 37 readers -
  • The Benefits of Copyright Registration for Small Businesses

    … intellectual property, since failing to do so could cost you your livelihood. Even though registering your work with the U.S. Copyright Office isn’t required, it does provide you with several significant benefits. So how would copyright registration benefit you? (If you’re not somewhat familiar with what copyright law protects already, read my post…

    Stephen Hoffman/ Hoffman Law Office, P.C.- 32 readers -
  • Internet Assets and Garnishment in Minnesota

    …. But, like practically anything a business owns, the law generally considers websites and domain names to be assets (property) and, according to a recent Minnesota Court of Appeals opinion, can be attached and garnished by creditors. The case, Sprinkler Warehouse Inc. v. Systematic Rain Inc. d/b/a GPLAWN.com, stems from a Texas copyright infringement…

    Stephen Hoffman/ Hoffman Law Office, P.C.- 31 readers -
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