Intellectual Property

Should I File an Intent to Use Trademark Application?

As mentioned in our Trademarks Part 2 blog, the US Patent and Trademark Office has two general types of domestic trademark applications. These are the 1(a) and 1(b) applications. A 1(b) trademark application is an Intent to Use (ITU) application. This means that you have not yet started using the proposed mark in commerce, but you have […]

File Folder with a Trademark Symbol


A copyright is the right to determine how your copyrighted creative materials can be used, distributed, sold, or otherwise interacted with. A copyright is a very broad right to control your copyrighted materials. How a Copyright is Created A copyright is automatically and immediately formed when you create something creative. Let’s break this down. Automatically: This means […]

Twitter Intellectual Property Rights

Social media is a prevalent part of our society. It is incorporated into both our personal and business lives, but do you know what happens with your intellectual property once you’ve posted something.  We’ve already provided a blog on the January 1, 2015 changes to the Facebook terms and conditions, so let’s explore how Twitter […]

Jan 2015 Facebook Intellectual Property Changes

On January 1, 2015, Facebook updated its terms and conditions. Specifically, there were some changes regarding your intellectual property rights. The key portion reads as follows: For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (IP content), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: […]

Intellectual Property as an Independent Contractor

Frequently, independent contractors are hired to create content for companies, but who owns this intellectual property that is created by the independent contractor? This content can be photos, written content, computer code, videos and anything creative. Typically, you would look to the contract to specify who has the ownership of the copyright. The contract would […]

Intellectual Property Venn Diagram includes Trademark, Patent, Copyright

Work Made for Hire as an Independent Contractor

By default, a copyright ownership belongs to the author or authors of the content; however, there are a multitude of exceptions to this general rule. One of these exceptions is the “work made for hire” exception, which would allow the person or company that hired the independent contractor to automatically own the copyrighted material. This […]