Protect Your Intellectual Property Rights
If you are a creator — an author, musician, artist, photographer, graphic designer or programmer — working on your own (and not under contract to make your creations), you own any intellectual property (IP) created by your efforts. Even though many IP rights arise automatically with the creation of the work, it is essential for you to take proactive steps to protect and enforce those rights.
At Fergus, A Law Office, I can help walk you through these steps from documenting your creations through collecting compensation for the use of your creative work, where possible.
Knowledgeable Assistance And Proven Strategies For Artists And Entrepreneurs
When you need to protect your creative works, you need an attorney who’s knowledgeable and experienced and understands how to strategize for success. Throughout my career, I have represented many types of IP clients, including freelance authors, the spouse of a deceased celebrity and a musician whose music was being used by a Hollywood studio in a major motion picture without his permission.
Creative rights I can help you defend include:
- Copyright — Do you need someone to negotiate on your behalf? I negotiate license agreements, draft transfers of copyright interests and advise clients on how best to protect and monetize their copyrighted works.
- Trade secrets — Do you need to confidentially share a trade secret with others for business reasons? I can help you negotiate trade secret agreements and nondisclosure agreements to protect that secret.
- Music and performing arts agreements — Are you a musician who needs an agreement to produce your next album? Do you need a contract with your band members allocating the rights to the music your band creates? I can help you negotiate and draft agreements to protect your rights while still achieving your goals.
- Commercial use of a person’s image or likeness — Did a business use an image or likeness of you to sell a product? California has restrictions on the commercial use of a person’s image or likeness on products. I can help you negotiate agreements to protect the use of your image or likeness while still generating revenue for approved uses.
Protect Your Creative Rights
It is important to understand the rights you have in the work you created. It is also important to retain a lawyer with the experience to advise you about protecting your rights and to negotiate agreements to monetize those rights.