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Choose your company name carefully – and protect it

A South Florida condominium development had to change its company name to avoid association with a terrorist group. “Isis Downtown” had developed a negative connotation because it had the same name as the Al-Qaida splinter group ISIS. (Source: Daily Mail) When starting a business, it is very important to choose the company name wisely. It...

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Trademarks vs. Service Marks

A Florida or Federal trademark is a word, phrase, symbol or design, or a combination thereof, that identifies and distinguishes the goods of one manufacturer or seller from the goods manufactured or sold by others, and indicates the source of goods. When you apply for a Florida trademark or Federal trademark, the trademark examiner reviews...

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Protecting Property Rights

It is Copyright & Trademark Month here at Boyer Law Firm! When is the last time you assessed the value of your intellectual property? Your unique brand or and logo may be worth more than you think. A brand or logo, as a creative expression, is property (intellectual property). It may be worth protecting these property rights...

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Protecting Fictitious Names

A fictitious name is a company asset. It is the name with which consumers will come to associate a good or service with your company. Protecting fictitious names is one of the best investments a company can make. In Florida, there are risks associated with choosing a fictitious name, but also ways to insure your right to...

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Choose Your Florida Company Name Carefully and Protect It

A South Florida condominium development recently changed its company name in order to avoid association with a terrorist group. The business, Isis Downtown, had developed a negative connotation because it had the same name as the al-Qaida splinter group ISIS. When starting a business, it is very important to choose the Florida company name wisely....

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The Copyright Act

Under The Copyright Act of 1976, an owner of a copyright has exclusive reproduction rights, distribution rights, the right to create adaptations (derivative work), the right to prepare new works based on the protected work, and performance and display rights. The owner may license or sell any of these rights for a profit. It is common...