Federal Judge Questions Validity of ‘Server Test’ in Copyright Infringement Case

The creator of a work, whether it is a painting, a manuscript or a photograph, is protected against unauthorized use of the work by others. A recent ruling in a federal lawsuit by a photographer seeking damages for copyright infringement by The Boston Globe, Breitbart News and other news organizations is being characterized as a blow to the wide-spread practices …

Copyright and the Public Domain: What You Need to Know

Regardless of how complicated the world of intellectual property becomes, one constant line in the sand remains for anyone attempting to protect the rights to their work. No matter what you do, do not let your intellectual property pass into the public domain. What is the Public Domain? But what exactly is the public domain, and why do you need …

An Introduction to Intellectual Property

For any business, the right to tangible assets such as equipment, land, and the like is considered to be common knowledge, and there are no concerns about ownership in such a case. But what about the intangible assets such as the names, symbols, and images? Any creation of the mind that has value is regarded as an intellectual property of …

Protecting Rights to IP as a Freelance Worker or Independent Contractor

According to Forbes magazine, 35 percent of the American workforce is composed of freelance workers and independent contractors. Collectively, they have annual earnings of approximately $1 trillion, and 2.8 million of them are business owners. When intellectual property is created by a freelancer or independent contractor, issues frequently arise concerning ownership of the work. Determining ownership of intellectual property can …

Trademark Tips for Small Businesses to Enhance Protection and Bolster Growth

While you may believe you need to develop your business further before you start thinking of protecting it, it is, in fact, the opposite that is recommended to foster the growth of your business. Protecting your business‘ identity is something that should be on your to-do list right from inception. This is because as your business grows, the cost associated …

5 Things Entrepreneurs Need to Know about Trademarks

When starting a business, it is easy to get distracted by the amount of work that needs attention. However, one important decision that many entrepreneurs end up neglecting is the decision to protect their intellectual property with the help of trademarks. Having intellectual property rights is extremely vital to the long-term success of the business. A trademark can be used …

Debunking Misconceptions about Small Business Trademarks

Debunking Misconceptions about Small Business Trademarks

Whether big or small, businesses put a lot of effort into distinguishing their brand from the competition in the minds of customers. Businesses constantly work on coming up with a Unique Selling Proposition for their brand to gain more attention from the customers. However, your efforts to build an identity for your brand or your business will prove to be …

California Business Journal article on Michael Ahmadshahi

Michael Ahmadshahi is considered to be among the best and most thorough Intellectual Property attorneys because of his first-hand experience and knowledge in researching, writing and filing patents. Click here to read the original article: California Business Journal article on Michael Ahmadshahi BY RICK WEINBERG, CALIFORNIA BUSINESS JOURNAL If you have an invention or idea worth patenting, you naturally would …

What Startups Need to Know About DBAs

In California, a startup must file for a “fictitious business name” (FBN), if it operates under a name other than its legal name. For startups, it may be important for you to become familiar the notion of a DBA—otherwise known as a DBA (“Doing Business As”), “assumed business name,” or “trade name.” In your startup is only you as an …

New Copyright Legislation Aimed to Give Startups Cost-Effective Way to Enforce Their Rights

Startups in California need to be aware of the issue of copyright reform, as Members of Congress Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Tom Marino (R-PA) recently introduced federal legislation that’s designed to give creators a cost-effective way to enforce their rights. The Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act was introduced in the House of Representatives this past summer and has …