A copyright attorney from the Larson & Larson law firm of Tampa can protect your intellectual property rights as soon as the work is created. Copyright protects original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression, including works of art, music, and literary works.
Choosing to copyright your work is essential in a world filled with infringements and plagiarism, including, illegally downloaded music or reproduction of images and movies without permission. Whether published or unpublished, some of the most popular forms of work that Tampa artists choose to protect when they take advantage of a copyright attorney include:
- Literary works
- Musical compositions
- Computer software
- Motion pictures
- Audio-visual works
No matter the form, choosing to copyright your original work will grant you and your work protection from anyone else benefiting from it without your consent. Copyright protection grants you, as the author, certain exclusive rights to your original work for the duration of your life plus seventy years. This includes the sole right to:
- Reproduce the work
- Prepare derivative works
- Distribute copies of the work
- Perform the work or display the work publicly
Some limitations and exemptions exist that allow others to perform the above actions without violation the owner’s exclusive rights that a copyright attorney has fought for. This is why the professionals at the Larson & Larson law firm recommend going through this process with a Tampa Bay lawyer who has the knowledge and experience to walk you through the process and explain the particulars of your case.
Our lawyers also specialize in other methods of preserving your intellectual property rights. Patents are designed to protect inventions by preventing others from making, selling, offering for sale, or importing products containing your invention. Patents protect the functionality of the invention, and are valid for 20 years after the filing date of which the patent attorney files the patent application.
Trademarks, or service marks, deal with symbols, phrases, designs, words, and sounds used in conjunction with goods or services. Trademarks and service marks identify and distinguish the source of the goods or services.
Not only do we assist those in Tampa Bay to preserve their intellectual property rights, our relationships with other law firms around the world allow us to file and manage foreign filing applications for intellectual property. These services including include foreign patents, trademarks, and copyrights.
Not only do we counsel our international clients on the benefits of international filings in order to protect their portfolios, we also zealously protect our client’s rights in domestic administrative matters related to intellectual property. Our attorneys have represented clients before the United States Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).