Copyright law is both simple and complex at the same time. It is simple because intellectual creations automatically receive legal protection. It is complex because unscrupulous people can take your work and claim it as their own anyway.
Here at Costello Law Corporation, we advise people and businesses about legal issues related to trademarks, including whether the usage of a brand likely violates a pre-existing mark. We also represent parties in disputes about trademark violations in related litigation.
Aside from being huge and successful businesses, what do Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Apple have in common? They are just a few of the many companies that started in a humble garage. The founders of these companies did not let a lack of funds or property get in their way. We are betting that many of the current tech startups in California have founders that feel the same way.
Patent law is not one of those areas of practice that has garnered a great deal of media attention over the centuries. That's changed a lot in recent decades. Many readers are surely familiar with the long-running battle between Apple and Samsung over patents related to their respective smartphones.
Protecting your company's trade secrets could be the difference between being a one-of-a-kind business or one with many copy cats. Trade secrets can be anything from a method to make a product to a recipe that has been passed down for generations. Protecting that trade secret is vital to the company's continued success.
You could probably patent your invention without legal representation, but the real question is should you? On the surface, patent law in California seems quite simple, but any number of subtle or not-so-subtle mistakes could derail all of your efforts.