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Family Lawyer: Meet Copyright Royalty

Mar. 26
Family Lawyer: Meet Copyright Royalty

Community property comes in all forms. including copyright royalty income For family law attorneys tasked with insuring a fair divide copyright royalty income in dissolution proceedings, the task can be a real challenge to divide the assets and make certain their clients get honestly paid.

Trademark Attorney Explains Domain Names

Feb. 28
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Clients and marketing professionals believe registration of a domain name is sufficient protection and there is no need to register a trademark or service mark. So, here goes. This trademark attorney explains domain names and how they relate to trademarks.

Much of the misunderstanding arises from advice given by early Internet marketing experts who advised clients that descriptive search terms are all that are needed, since they afford instant search engine ranking. While a descriptive domain may garner high ranking in search results, most of them stink as trademarks!

Trademark Search Before You File

Apr. 02
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The US Trademark Office website is a good starting place, but it is only the beginning and is not a substitute for a full professional search. Our firm will search trademarks that are pending and registered at the US Trademark Office as a preliminary screening effort. However, since marks need not be identical to prevent your registration based upon confusing similarity.

How to Get a Trademark Registration

Feb. 18
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We are asked how to get a trademark in the United States. You must actually sell goods or services in New brand owners often ask how to get a trademark registration. In the United States, you must sell goods or services in interstate commerce (across state lines) containing the trademark. In much of the rest of the world, use is not required to get a trademark registration, since the first to register can obtain rights, even over a prior user.

Valid use means the trademark must appear on the goods, the packaging for the goods, or displays associated with the goods. When it comes to selling products on the Internet, the “displays” require one offer the product for sale with an online shopping cart that allows for purchase of the product or services.

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Family Law Meets Music Copyright Law

Feb. 02

Family law practitioners In Los Angeles are often called upon to represent the spouse of a film composer (movie film composer), a music producer, a recording artist, a book author, or a graphic artist who have a right to share in the artist royalties or music royalties from copyrighted assets created during the term of the marriage. This includes recording royalties, music publishing royalties, and book publishing royalties, and a music royalty from licensing of music for television and film. Cheryl provides valued expertise on how to structure settlement agreements to insure proper transfer of rights in assets to the non-author spouse, as well as the skill and experience to insure that a music royalty from a music license agreement with a music publisher, or a book royalty due to an author under a book contract are properly accounted and paid.

Fashion Lawyer with a Flair for Fashion

Jan. 20

Fashion law conjures up visions of runway models wearing creative new clothing designs, and a clothing brand known the world over. A fashion brand requires a fashion lawyer with a varied skill set. Fashion lawyer Cheryl Hodgson is a respected experienced business lawyer, copyright lawyer, trademark lawyer, and contract law attorney.

Louie Louie Meets Music Copyright Lawyer

Jan. 03

The Kingsmen were famous in the early 60’s for their famous music recording of the song “Louie Louie”. The master record of Louie Louie by the Kingsmen sold 20 million copies between 1963 and 1995. Unfortunately, during all those years, the Kingsmen never got paid, not even a dime, that is until copyright attorney Cheryl decided to help. Music entertainment lawyer Cheryl Hodgson is an expert music copyright lawyer. For years the band had had asked the question, “How do music royalties work?” They had been trying to find a music lawyer that would take their case and recover their music royalties.

Trademark Attorney Cheryl Hodgson Protects Hay House

Nov. 01

Successful trademark clients include Hay House, the world’s largest publishers of self-improvement publishers in the world, publishing such names as Dr. Wayne Dyer, Doreen Virtue, Dr. Robert Holden, and Denise Linn. Hodgson Legal has assembled a team of international trademark lawyers with whom she works closely to protect the rights of Hay House her other clients. Hodgson Legal’s team of highly trained team anti counterfeiting experts are available to implement anti counterfeiting measures for fake goods sold both off-line and off.

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