Find Lawyers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for Copyright Law
My practice focuses on patent procurement, opinions, enforcement (both in district courts and before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board), and portfolio strategy. With clients ranging from individual inventors to large, multi-national companies, I tailor my approach to each client’s goals. My background is in biochemistry and my matters are primarily in the life science space (small molecules, large molecules, and medical devices), but I have handled projects on subject matter ranging fro...
For more than 35 years, Nancy Rubner Frandsen has guided clients not only through the core areas of trademark and copyright strategic counseling and portfolio management but also through the more complex areas of the practice, including enforcement before the federal courts and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). Nancy’s in-depth knowledge of her clients’ businesses, from individual entrepreneurs to major corporations, enables her to support and advance their unique objec...
Mr. Kozuch litigates intellectual property and commercial matters, and has been lead counsel in jury trials, bench trials, and hearings in cases involving patent and trademark infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of non-compete agreements, breach of contracts, false advertising, and unfair competition. He also counsels clients on intellectual property law, prepares and prosecutes U.S. and international patent applications, and provides opinions on patentability, infringemen...
Mr. Stein is one of the country's leading Intellectual Property lawyers. He has spent his entire professional career enforcing and protecting his clients' patents, trademarks and other forms of intellectual property. Registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, his practice includes all aspects of Intellectual Property law, including client counseling, licensing and litigation in the federal courts involving the enforcement of patents, trademarks, copyrights an...
Mr. Tener is a registered patent attorney, whose practice comprises all aspects of intellectual property law, including analyzing, procuring, challenging and enforcing patents, trademarks and copyrights on behalf of individuals, small businesses, research institutions and multinational corporations. His practice encompasses a wide variety of technologies, particularly chemical, biotechnological, pharmaceutical, medical device, scientific instrument, mechanical and Internet technologies. Mr. T...
Copyright Law Definition
Copyright applies to original works of authorship that are fixed in a tangible medium of expression. An original work of authorship is one that is independently created and includes a minimum level of creativity. Examples of the types of works to which copyrights apply include literary works, drawings, paintings, sculptures, movies, music, video games, and other works of art. Copyright protection also applies to computer software.
Copyright protection does not protect ideas, but protects the expression of an idea. A work does not need to be registered with the Copyright Office to be afforded copyright protection. However, it must be registered with the Copyright Office to bring a lawsuit for copyright infringement. In addition, significant benefits arise from the timely registration of copyrights.
The author of a work is vested with a number of exclusive rights when copyright protection arises. These exclusive rights include, among other things, the right to reproduce (copy), adapt, display, and publicly perform the work. The author may transfer all or some of his or her exclusive rights in the work to another party. For example, the author of a novel may transfer the right to adapt a novel into a screenplay to a movie studio, while still retaining the copyright in the novel itself. Another significant component of copyright law is the area of fair use, which allows use of a copyrighted work without permission in certain limited circumstances (e.g., for the purpose of commenting on or criticizing the work).
Copyright lawyers assist clients with identifying materials that are protectable by copyright, registering copyrightable works with the United States Copyright Office, and counseling clients in the various ways in which copyrights may be acquired, protected, and exploited. Litigation also is a large part of a copyright lawyer’s practice.
Copyright law also addresses issues involving digital rights management, which are measures designed to manage digital copies of works. With the advent of digital copies, some copyright owners seek to restrict the ability to make copies of a particular work. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which is part of U.S. copyright law, prohibits circumventing measures that are designed to prevent copying of copyrighted works. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act also, among other things, provides a framework for online service providers for avoiding copyright infringement based on the acts of the online service provider’s users.
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