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How can I prevent intellectual property theft?

Fighting intellectual property theft in California is not an easy thing to do. Once your IP has been stolen, it can be difficult to track who has stolen it and prove that they have done so. In addition, if it is a trade secret that has been stolen, you have already lost your protection, and the only recourse you may have is to collect damages. You will be much better off preventing the theft from ever occurring. Luckily, there are many steps that you can take to provide protection.

Important things to keep in mind about trade secrets

If you have a business in California, then you might benefit from understanding more about trade secrets, which can be anything from recipes to devices. In order to have a trade secret, there are some very specific guidelines that you have to follow. Making one misstep could cause you to lose your protection, which is something we at Millstone Peterson & Watts, LLP, do not want to see happen.

Copyrights and memes

Memes are popular all over the internet, especially on social media. California social media users likely repost memes without ever giving a thought to copyright protection. Many may even wonder if memes can even be protected by copyright. The basic idea of a copyright is it offers protection to any written work that is published, so a meme could very well be protected.

How social media is used in law enforcement investigations

Any information that a person in California puts online becomes public information. Even with security and privacy tools being used, this information is still available to anyone who really wants it, including, in many cases, law enforcement. In fact, the use of the internet, specifically social media, by law enforcement in the investigation of crimes has become rather popular. According to Small Business Trends, detectives are routinely using social media to gather clues and evidence to use against criminals in court.

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