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May 2017 Archives

Do I have to register my copyright?

You probably are aware of what a copyright is and how it can protect your creative works. However, many people in California do not understand the details of the protection and how it is acquired. According to the Unites States Copyright Office, you gain copyrights as soon as your work is in “fixed form,” which means it has been written down, recorded or otherwise put into a tangible form. You do not have to do anything to secure these rights, including registering your copyright.

The sad tale of the expired fidget spinner patent

Fidget spinners are the newest fad in California and states across the country. Go to any social media site, and you will see people posting things about them. Some people love them, and others hate them (many of which are teachers whose classes have been interrupted by these toys). However, despite the feelings about fidget spinners, they are hot right now. It seems that they came out of nowhere, too. One day, they were just suddenly the biggest thing everyone was talking about. There is a really good reason for this.

Facts about the patent ombudsman program

Applying for a patent is a complex process that requires a person to follow the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s instructions completely. For those Californians who are new to the process, filing an application can be a daunting task. It can become even more difficult if the application process has stalled for some reason or the patent has been rejected. That is why the USPTO has introduced the patent ombudsman program. This program is designed to offer assistance to filers during the application process.

What are some important internet laws I should know?

When you use the internet in California, you are not in some lawless space where your actions carry no consequences. There are actually plenty of laws governing the internet and your activity when you are online. It is important for you to understand these laws, so you do not face penalties or legal action against you.

Tips for protecting trade secrets

A trade secret is only protected as long as it remains secret information. As soon as an unauthorized person become privy to the information, the protections are lost. This is why California business owners need to be vigilant about protecting their intellectual property. There are some solid tips that anyone can employ to keep their trade secret protections intact.

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