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How do you transfer a copyright?

If you own a copyright, one thing you may wish to do at some point is transfer it to another entity. Copyrights are personal property, and you have the right to transfer it to others if you wish. Your exclusive rights bind the idea or product to you, but you can transfer the copyright through a contract.

The United States Copyright Office does not handle the transfer of copyrights. While the office does keep track of them, it has no forms to allow you to transfer your copyright to others. Instead, you'll want to work with your attorney to create a copyright contract passing it on to another person. While you cannot transfer the copyright in the U.S. Copyright Office, you can record the transfer, which is something you should do to protect yourself and the other party.

United States-China trade secret problems increase tensions

In the latest international news, it has been shown that the United States has charged Chinese companies in relation to the theft of trade secrets. The Nov. 5 report describes the United States formally charging both China and Taiwan along with three individuals were allegedly stealing trade secrets from a semiconductor company in the United States.

The growing threat of Chinese economic espionage has increased tensions between the United States and China. For instance, in one violation, the company Micron was victimized. The indicted company, Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit Co., allegedly targeted and stole trade secrets from Micron.

Can you file for a copyright? In 3 cases, you can't

A copyright is an important legal document to obtain when you have a product you want to protect. Copyrights are used for many works including computer programs, style guides, recipes, fabric designs, sculpture, literature and other items.

Bluntly put, pretty much anything you can create can be copyrighted. There are exceptions, though. Here's a little more about when you might be unable to obtain a copyright.

Your patent protects you: Know when to file a lawsuit

Your small business benefits from having its own property, ideas and ideals. You don't have many, but the patents you do have support your business and your intention to grow it in the future.

It is not hard to imagine your shock at finding that your product was being manufactured by another major organization just months after the initial release. When you sent them a cease-and-desist letter explaining the problem, they claimed they'd never seen your product and that they didn't violate your rights.

How do you get a trademark or service mark in California?

The secretary of state's office is in charge of maintaining and registering trademarks and service marks in the state of California. The provisions that apply to trademarks and service marks are located in the Model State Trademark Law, which is found in the California Business and Professions Code.

With information about registering and maintaining trademarks and service marks in California's laws and codes, it makes it necessary to work with someone versed in California's laws.

A copyright's effectiveness is designed for the long term

Copyrights are designed to help people protect their intellectual property. They protect original works such as music or literature. They're designed to stay with you for life and beyond, helping you protect the work you put so much effort into.

Your work is protected by copyright as soon as it is created and in a tangible form. You don't even have to register it, although it is a good idea to do so.

Scientists accused of stealing from GlaxoSmithKline

Here's an interesting story about a second scientist who has pleaded guilty to stealing trade secrets from GlaxoSmithKline. This was the second former scientist who had worked for the company to appear in court and plead guilty to stealing the company's secrets to help benefit a pharmaceutical company based in China that they had been a part in establishing.

The U.S. Department of Justice reported that the trade secrets were going to be used to help set up the company called Renopharma in China. Both employees who had stolen information were reportedly Chinese or of Chinese descent.

Apple and Qualcomm fight over intellectual property theft

If your intellectual property is stolen, it can mean big trouble for your business. Depending on the items taken from you, it may mean that you're no longer the front-runner in the industry or lose your competitive edge.

Qualcomm has accused Apple of handing over its intellectual property to Intel in a long-running legal battle between the two companies. The case claims that Apple has funneled proprietary information about the technology the chip supplier currently uses to Intel Corp., a rival.

Getting the right trademark matters: 3 reasons to get one now

Trademarks are extremely important to your business, and it is wise to understand why. With so much relying on good marketing, your trademark does make a difference.

Here are three reasons you need to get a good trademark and use it exclusively for your products. Understanding these can make it easier to choose and use the right trademark for your business.

There are many steps to getting a patent: Learn more

To get a patent, there are several steps that you need to follow. These include determining the kind of intellectual property protection you need, determining if your invention can receive a patent, deciding what kind of patent you want and getting ready to apply. You will also have to submit an application and work with a patent examiner. If everything goes well, you will receive an approval and must then maintain your patent.

To start with, you will need to decide on the kind of protection you need. You may need patents, trademarks, copyrights or service marks. Once you decide what you want, you will need to determine if you can receive a patent. You cannot get a patent if your invention has been disclosed to the public. For this reason, you should make sure to keep your invention private until you receive the patent.

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