Thứ Sáu, 18 tháng 5, 2018

I will use my company's name in many applications and products. Is a trademark the best protection?

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A trademark typically protects brand names and logos used on goods and services. A copyright protects an original artistic or literary work. A patent protects an invention. For example, if you invent a new kind of vacuum cleaner, you would apply for a patent to protect the invention itself. You would apply to register a trademark to protect the brand name of the vacuum cleaner. And you might register a copyright for the TV commercial that you use to market the product.

The purpose of using a trademark is to uniquely identify your products or services to potential customers. Federal registration of a trademark helps prevent competitors of your business from stealing your business name, logo, or slogan. Registration also protects you against misappropriation by confusingly similar marks used by competitors. Protecting your unique name, logo, or slogan in the form of a trademark is one of the most important investments in your business.

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Thứ Tư, 16 tháng 5, 2018

Does copyright apply to contracts?

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It depends on the type of contract. A contract written from scratch may be eligible for copyright protection. But, a contract made from a pre-existing template with only a few details changed here and there will not be eligible for protection.

Coming to your question, it depends on who is the actual author of the contract. If you wrote the contract and are not bound by any confidentiality clause, you can go ahead and use it for your own purposes (including distribution).

Even if someone else wrote it, the answer will remain more or less similar. A contract signed by you can be used for your own purposes but you cannot claim copyright in that contract.

If you use and distribute a contract written by someone else claiming it as your own, it will be a case of violation of copyright.

Thứ Hai, 14 tháng 5, 2018

Does "Property Law" include "Intellectual Property Law" or are the two areas separate?

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They are separate, and largely different forms of law. Most of what is commonly referred to as "property law" deals with what is called real property; real estate, land, etc.   However, it does have some aspects of dealing with tangible personal property (which also overlaps with tort and criminal law)

Intellectual property is a significantly different form of law drawing on other areas (notably unfair competition law, especially for trademarks; law of agency; business law; etc.) but is fundamentally its own "thing."

A notable example of the difference is the phrase "Possession is 9/10ths of the law." This may be true in property law, where a possessor has superior rights to most everybody but the true owner. However, it would fall flat in IP, where your status as the legal rightsholder is the most important question.

Thứ Năm, 10 tháng 5, 2018

How do I protect the intellectual property of my design?

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First off, I’m very sorry to hear that someone has been falsely claiming your work as their own.

                                                       Industrial Design in Vietnam 

As you’ve probably gathered at this point, this entire scenario hinges on the contract (or lack thereof) between you and the event organisers.

Given how little information that we have to work with, i’ll answer generally from the perspective of Vietnam copyright law. Regardless of jurisdiction, you are right in thinking that this is flagrant breach of copyright.

This shouldn't be considered legal advice, but that I hope it helps you potentially avoid this situation in the future.

Is it possible to start legal proceedings against the thief?

The answer to this question depends entirely on information that you haven't included in your question. You said that you were the official designer for the event that the poster was designed for, so were you employed by the event organisers? or was the work commissioned? Is there a clause in the contract that states that you retain your ownership of the copyright despite it being work for hire? Each would point to a different set of options.

Basically it comes down to three potential situations:

If you are employed by the event organisers in all likelihood the work will be deemed to have been carried out in the course of your employment and thus under a contract of service and copyright will lay with your employer.
If are you are an independent contractor it is possible that the work was done under a contract for services in which case, it is possible that you retain the copyright ownership (unless the contract stipulates otherwise).
If you were commissioned to do the work you likely retain authorship unless the contract stipulates otherwise.
If you have retained authorship:

You are well within your rights to proceed with legal action against this person for breaching your copyright in the work.

If you don’t own the work:

You will need to try and get the event organisers (or whoever does hold copyright in the work) to bring an action against this guy.

OR you can attempt to sue him for breach of your Moral Rights-

As the creator of an artistic work, regardless of ownership, you have the right to be recognised as the creator (right of attribution).
To go down this road you’ll need to be able to prove that you are the creator of the work (easy enough with the meta-data from the files, the exchanges you will have had with the event organiser who asked for the work and the payments made for the work etc).
How can you protect your work in the future?

This might sound obvious now but include a watermark, send low resolution files for approval (BTW - how did this person get the file in the first place? Maybe you need to have a chat with the event organisers about ‘circulating’ files of this kind).

It might be worth considering including clauses in future contracts that retain ownership of the work thus putting yourself in the strongest possible position to challenge any infringers.

How should you confront the guy?

Since you know who this person is, start with a direct communication between the two of you, tell him that he is breaching your copyright and that he needs to stop. Dont go full on litigious unless you have no other options because it’s guaranteed to be drawn out and expensive.

However, if he doesn't care/respond then ramp it up: have a lawyer send a letter on big, scary law firm stationary demanding that he stop or you’ll start the appropriate proceedings.

And if that doesn't work and you’re in a position to do so, take him to court for breach of copyright.

Thứ Tư, 9 tháng 5, 2018

How easy is it to register a trademark?

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Honestly, you could probably figure it out on your own. However, particularly when dealing with IP issue, there are certain fears/concerns about protecting all of your rights. Of the many reasons to hire a lawyer for a TM, here are few...

Register trademark in Vietnam
1. The process can be complex and lengthy. You are most likely focused on developing your company and are probably working full-time in that capacity. Taking up this task on your own can really limit your ability to focus on your company.

2. The research and background work required for TM's is also exhaustive and can be tricky. Although you may be able to do this yourself, there is a chance you might make a mistake, overlook something, or simply take a path that is not the best for your company. A lawyer is a safe-guard against these problems.

3. Hiring a lawyer who is business savvy and well-versed in your particular industry cannot only help you with your TM, but can also develop a strong business plan moving forward. IP is a particularized field, and getting a lawyer on board who has helped similar clients in the past with IP issues can make a HUGE difference for your business.

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Thứ Hai, 7 tháng 5, 2018

How do most companies protect their software through intellectual property law?

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Source code could potentially be a trade secret for a software company, but in order to qualify for protection it would have to be actively guarded and not disclosed to anyone outside of the company. Trade secret protection is really for something like a secret recipe that has great value to the company solely because it is a secret known only by the company.

A copyright is thebetter form of protection for software. As far as understanding what has been copyrighted — copyrights exist as soon as the work is fixed in a medium. So, any work (here, software) that you see has an implicit copyright on the original aspects of the work. The question of what parts of the work are original and thus protected by the copyright is a legal question that should be answered by an Intellectual Property Lawyers.

For that reason most companies will have copyrights on their software to some extent. Patents on software are more difficult to obtain than copyrights for a couple of reasons. First, the patent application process requires a strict review to ensure that the application meets the requirements — as opposed to a copyright which exists as soon as an author puts pen to paper. Second, patents are generally reserved for tangible inventions. It is possible that software can qualify for a patent, but it is much harder to show.

Chủ Nhật, 6 tháng 5, 2018

What works are protected by copyright registration?

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What is copyright?  
Copyright is the right of authors to control the use of their work for a limited period of time. In order to qualify for copyright protection, a work must be “fixed in a tangible medium of expression.” A work must be the result of some creative effort on the part of its author in order to qualify for copyright protection. For works first published after March 1, 1989, an author need not include a copyright notice to gain protection under the law. However, although a notice is not required, it’s helpful if you obtain one. When a work contains a valid copyright notice, an infringer cannot claim in court that s/he wasn’t aware the work was copyrighted. Thus, an author has a greater chance to win a copyright infringement case and spend much less litigating in the process if s/he has a copyright notice.

If a work is created on or after January 1, 1978 then it is protected for a term of the life of the author plus 70 years. However, if the work is a work for hire or is published under a pseudonym, the copyright lasts between 95 and 120 years, depending on the date the work is published.

Protected Works
A work becomes copyrighted when it is fixed in a tangible medium of expression. There are categories of work that fall under this definition:

Literary works
Musical works, including the accompanying words
Dramatic works, including the accompanying music
Pantomimes and choreographic works
Pictorial, graphic and sculptural works
Motion pictures and other audiovisual works
Sound recordings
Computer software
Architectural works
Not copyrightable:
Works not fixed in a tangible form of expression (ex. something said but not recorded)
Ideas, methods, principles and systems
Titles, names, and slogans
Works found in the public domain
Works that are strictly informational and contain no authorship

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