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What is trade secret status for cosmetic ingredients?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is responsible for ensuring the products you use in California are safe. It implements many different practices to help with this. One of those is the requirement for all cosmetics sold in the country to have a list of ingredients printed on the product package. For most companies, this is not a problem, but some companies may not want to list all the ingredients used in a product because it would reveal or weaken a trade secret.

What are the requirements for drawings in a design patent?

When you submit a design patent application for your California invention, you need to include drawings. However, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has very specific rules and guidelines you must follow when creating your drawing. If you fail to follow these directions, your application may be denied.

How long does copyright protection last?

If you are seeking copyright protection in California, one of your concerns may be how long that protection will last. This is a good question since other intellectual property protections generally have a specific number of years they are valid, which often are not going to last your lifetime. However, copyright protection terms work a bit differently, according to the U.S. Copyright Office.

The best protective measures for IP online

The internet is a great place to expand your business and connect better with customers. Some companies operate solely online while others may use an online presence to boost their brick and mortar business. Regardless of how a business operates in regards to the internet, if it has anything online, then it is essential for the business owner to understand how to protect the company's intellectual property.

Understanding trademark protections

If you or your company in California is interested in protecting your unique terms, products or inventions, you will want to understand the different types of registrations potentially available to you. As explained by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, copyrights are for protecting creative works such as literary writings, musical creations or even advertisements and other marketing deliverables. Patents protect inventions or processes. Trademarks protect a company name or logo, including a particular style of displaying such things.

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