Do community property laws apply to copyright matters?

Yes. Copyright enforcement relies on state rules that are generally applicable to property. According to community property laws, if a spouse creates a copyrighted work during the course of a marriage, both spouses become co-owners of the property by law. So, a copyright work authored by one spouse during the marriage is considered community property.

How can I challenge the validity of a patent?

After a patent is issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the discovery of prior art or publications not noticed prior to the patent’s issue may raise questions as to the validity of the issued patent. A third party or the patentee may file an application for the reexamination of the patent by the USPTO. This is a cost-effective option to consider before resorting to filing a potentially expensive lawsuit against the offending party.

How can I trust that my trademark is protected?

Whether you are a new company applying for your first trademark or an established company with several existing trademarks, our firm works hard to ensure that your trademark will remain visible and enforced when infringement issues arise. We work with an international network of qualified counsel so that we can protect trademarks and copyrights anywhere on earth. All trademark applications and registrations are monitored on our state of the art trademark software system.

I work in the apparel industry. How can I protect my trade secrets?

With almost a decade of experience in the apparel industry, our principal attorney understands how crucial it is to safeguard trade secrets. We will help you put several strategies in place that keep your precious ideas, products, and practices safe from your competitors. To learn more, schedule a free consultation with us today.

Do I need an attorney to look over my contracts and agreements?

It is highly advised that all business owners consult an experienced attorney who can help them draft, review, and negotiate any contracts and agreements they use in their transactions. Our firm serves all types of businesses, but we specialize in helping our apparel industry companies. No matter what type of business you have, making sure your contracts and business agreements are clear and that they adamantly protect your best interests is crucial for the success of your business.

I am the victim of medical malpractice. Am I entitled to receive victim restitution?

Yes, if the perpetrator has been officially convicted of committing a crime. Once the conviction has been obtained, the victim is entitled to communicate their request for restitution to the court, the prosecuting attorney, or the Probation Department. For more information about the victim restitution process in California, reach out to our firm today.

When can I pursue victim restitution?

Remember that the victim is only eligible to pursue victim restitution once a conviction has occurred. Once the conviction is secured, it is advisable to act swiftly while any necessary evidence or witnesses are still available.

What is an expert witness?

An expert witness offers opinions that can help the judge or jury understand any technical knowledge that is necessary for making a decision on a case. Typically, expert witnesses are highly experienced professionals who have a deep understanding of their field, and they are able to help those outside of their field understand important factors that could influence the outcome of a legal case.

In what capacity could Mr. Sarabia serve as an expert witness?

Mr. Sarabia has experience with consumer licensing (revenue, standards, performance and breaches), trademarks, copyrights, and the apparel business. His areas of expertise include secondary meaning, trade dress, design patents, similarity of marks, intellectual property due diligence, trademark and copyright infringement, theft of trademarks, and intellectual property analysis and valuation. He can evaluate licensee and licensor performance under the standards of the industry. In the apparel business, he can review the performance of a wide array of agreements to determine if it is consistent with the standards of the industry.

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