What Should You Do When Your Copyrighted Work Is Infringed?

When someone infringes your intellectual property, he or she is taking more than just your ideas. They're also robbing you of the potential for profit and the hours you spent laboring over your designs, software, prototypes or creative concepts. Fortunately, you have legal remedies.

With more than 35 years of experience representing clients in a wide variety of complex, challenging cases, I'm proud to help individuals and businesses that rely on copyright law to protect their intellectual property. San Francisco, California, is a hotbed of innovation, and over the years, I've had the opportunity to explore cutting-edge legal issues and protect the legal rights of companies and individuals in need. At Fergus, A Law Office, I strive to provide experienced counsel and unfailing personal attention.

How Does Intellectual Property Protection Work?

The fact that you registered a copyrighted work doesn't automatically mean the government will protect you from those who infringe upon your legal rights. Although registration is a necessary step in establishing your right to seek statutory damages and attorney's fees, it's just one variable in a truly complex equation. You may also need to:

  • Formally request that the infringer stop using your work
  • Investigate whether your copyright applies to the type of activities in question
  • Establish that the problematic action actually violates one of your exclusive rights

For those trying to create businesses, make names for themselves or move on to new projects, these requirements can represent undue burdens. Your IP may be critical to sustaining your organizational expansion. In either case, I can help you relieve some of that burden and provide you practical, straightforward advice on the best way to protect your rights.

Get Your IP Enforcement Started Off Correctly

Whether you wish to pursue litigation against an infringer or you'd just like to draft a cease and desist letter, effective legal representation is an invaluable ally in a copyright infringement case. By working with a knowledgeable attorney, you can avoid excessive fees and heighten your case's odds of success.

Call Fergus, A Law Office, at 866-256-5487 today, or email me online about the IP infringement that you experienced. I look forward to helping you establish that you were wronged so you can reap the rewards of your diligence and hard work.