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Bruce E. Burdick

Bruce Burdick’s Legal Guides

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  • Graphics and the Need For a Written Transfer of Copyright

    It's a familiar sad tale we hear here on Avvo over and over again from customers of graphic design firms. " "Do the custom graphics created for our website and branding belong to us? We are being told there will need to be a "buyout" for the graphics." The answer is NO, the graph...

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  • What are the required parts of a Patent Application

    This is spelled out by 37 CFR MPEP 608.01(a), and the specification has no required form, only a suggested form. Likewise, the patent claims, which are the most important part of any patent, have only a general form requirement and vary widely. A registered patent attorney is usu...

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  • How Do I Protect Software Myself When I Use 3rd Party Developers?

    The best way to secure the IP and product is to hire an IP lawyer to protect it for you. You should not attempt that on your own, as the risk is too great you will foul things up and remain unprotected, or worse yet, give the rights away by mistake. Since you plan, I presume, to...

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  • I own part of a failing co. & have an improvement on patented product and want to patent and sell it

    So here are my suggestions. 1. You can apply for a patent on the improvements and on the improved product, unless a court orders you not to do so. However, you may have liability to the company and to other owners, depending on what agreements you have, if any, with the company a...

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  • Someone use a photo I took in an ad, can I demand payment?

    Yes, you can DEMAND anything from anyone for anything at any time. The real question is are you legally owed money and can you legally collect that money in court if you have to go to court to back up the demand and, is there any legal liability for making the demand. Unauthoriz...

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  • How Do You Protect a Recipe?

    Lets go through the forms of protection and see. 1. Copyright. A recipe is NOT generally copyrightable, although a particularly expressive set of instructions in a recipe might be. However, it is an academic point as such a copyright would not prevent someone from just replacin...

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  • Is there a poor man's trademark like the poor man's copyright?

    The "Poor Man's Copyright" is a dangerous myth in the United States, and better name for it would be "Fool's Copyright". Since copyright is automatic under Federal law [17 USC 102] and self-mailing confers no statutory damage rights, it is not only useless, it can really hurt you...

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  • Cheap Copyright Protection

    A common question any copyright attorney gets frequently is "how much does it cost to copyright a song" [or book, or video, or painting, etc.] Copyright protection for a song (both the composition and the sound recording) arises automatically whenever the song is fixed in a tangi...

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  • Starting a Business - When Do I Need to Consult an Intellectual Property Lawyer?

    Answer: Before now. Before you start. Before you pick the business name. Before you lock in to a product. Before you and your partners sell the first item. Before you get signs made. Before you get your first customer. In other words, BEFORE THE LEGAL CRISIS. 1. Before you start...

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  • How Do I Protect and Monetize Music?

    You protect potential for income from music by copyright registration, getting an agent, working deals with publishers, using attorneys, and other means. In today's music business the largest music publisher is iTunes, so be sure you have taken the steps to monetize via iTunes. T...

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