We have locks on our doors and alarms for our cars. We lock our precious valuables in safes and keep our money in banks. We install security systems that watch our homes and hire security guards to watch our businesses. All of these tools are designed to protect our tangible property. Why should intellectual property be any different?
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Which One is Right for You?
A copyright gives you the exclusive right to make copies, prepare derivative works, sell or distribute copies, and display their work to the public. Our firm assists clients in the registration and enforcement of your creative work.
Building a strong, distinct identity is key to distinguishing yourself from the competition. Federal registration allows the trademark owner to stop anyone from using the trademark in a similar business, anywhere in the United States.
Patents refer to the right granted for anyone who invents a new, process, machine, article of manufacture, or composition of matter. Patents provide the right to exclude someone else from making, using, selling, offering to sell the patented invention.
Outside corporate counsel works closely with businesses to gain an in-depth understanding of their activities and objectives providing a host of necessary services including corporate formation, partnership and employee agreements, commercial contracts, stock option plans and corporate governance, on an “as needed” basis.
A license allows an intellectual property holder (licensor) to transfer their exclusive rights to that property onto a third party (licensee). These agreements are usually conveyed for a limited term, in particular markets or geographic areas, and only include those rights or other limitations the licensor makes available.
Trade secrets refer to information that businesses actively keep secret in order to maintain advantages over their competitors. Examples of instruments that help ensure secrecy include non-disclosure, confidentiality and non-compete agreements.
Steven Schlackman is a registered patent attorney focusing on intellectual property in the art, technology and life science sectors. Steve has spent more than 15 years as an entrepreneurial business leader, prior to becoming an attorney, working in jobs as diverse as sales, account management, IT, web and software development and executive level management. He has several degrees from leading universities; a Juris Doctor from University of Miami School of Law, an MS in Management from New York University, an MBA in Marketing from Zicklin School of Business (CUNY); a BA in Political Science from Tulane University, and a Biology specialization from the University of Miami. Steve is also working on a new entrepreneurial venture, Orangenius.com, an online platform that helps creators bring their ideas from concept to market, which will launch in late 2015.
Steven is also an accomplished photographer with gallery shows in cities like New York, Miami and Istanbul. As a member of the art community, he is well aware of the challenges facing the protection of creative works and the rampant piracy that is plaguing artists. His blog, the Art Law Journal, was developed to help educate artists on legal and technological topics important for visual artists.