Copyrights are a valuable business protection tool and contribute to a company’s net worth. Oblon Spivak assists clients in identifying copyrightable property and in protecting copyrights through registration, recordal and litigation. At Oblon Spivak we understand that copyrights are an integral part of a company's intellectual property (IP) portfolio and a valuable protection tool. With decades of experience in copyright law, we guide our clients through the full range of copyright issues.
We have obtained copyright protection and enforced copyrights relating to a broad range of products including computer software, source code and software applications, interactive and online content, ornamental designs, logos and labels, fashion and fabric designs, jewelry designs, graphics, brochures, literary works, furniture designs, videos and character drawings, including Japanese anime, and product packaging. In addition, the firm counsels clients regarding rights under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and other copyright laws.
Wide Variety of Services
Whether at the U.S. Copyright Office, U.S. Customs and Border Protection or U.S. district courts, we have the experience needed to protect copyrights or defend against copyright claims. We assist clients with registering copyrights, expediting applications, recording necessary documents, and conducting searches. We provide advice, opinions and legal analyses on the full range of copyright issues, including ownership rights, copyright registration, renewal and termination rights, assignment, fair use, safe harbor protection, damages, enforcement strategies, and portfolio management.
Working closely with our clients, we evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of their intellectual property and determine the best methods of protection. We counsel our clients in a wide range of matters, assisting them in protecting and enhancing the value of their copyrighted works through registration, protection policies, acquisitions, sales, licensing arrangements and enforcement strategies.
Services That Go Beyond Core Copyright Law
Our expertise extends beyond core copyright services such as counseling to avoid infringement of existing copyrights and registering copyrights with the U.S. Copyright Office. For example, we help develop enforcement programs for fashion, and entertainment products utilizing U.S. Customs procedures. Armed with a copyright registration, which can be recorded with U.S. Customs, companies can request that U.S. Customs seize infringing goods at the border to prevent them from entering the U.S. without the necessity of a lawsuit or posting bond.
Identifying and Valuing IP Assets
We also are involved in licensing and negotiating copyrights, conducting due diligence review of company materials, enabling our clients to take full advantage of their current intellectual property assets and appropriately prepare for an acquisition, merger, sale or purchase of a division or company.
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Oblon Spivak guides its clients through the full range of copyright issues–from registration to full litigation.
Attorneys regularly audit IP portfolios and identify additional intellectual property assets that clients were unaware they had.