intellectual property

Copyright Office

The Copyright office is the official U.S. government body that maintains records of copyright registration in the United States. Although registration is not required for the copyright to be in effect, but U.S. authors must register their works before...

Copyright Owner

A copyright owner is the entity that owns the exclusive rights comprised within a copyright. See 17 U.S.C. §101.

Copyright Registration

Copyright registration is the process for filing a copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office created by § 408 of the Copyright Act of 1976. Registration consists of sending to the Copyright Office a copyright application, fee, and deposit of...

Counsel of Record

Definition

See attorney of record.

Court of Customs and Patent Appeals

The Court of Customs and Patent Appeals was the United States court in Washington, D.C. with jurisdiction over all decisions from the U.S. Customs Court (USCC) (renamed in 1980 the Court of International Trade (CIT)) and decisions by the...

Cross-licensing

Cross Licensing refers to the cross-license agreement between patentees, entered into for purposes of avoiding litigation concerning conflicting patents. It helps preserve the financial incentives for inventors to commercialize their existing...

Cybersquatting

When a person other than the owner of a well-known trademark registers that trademark as an Internet domain name and then attempts to profit from it either by ransoming the domain name back to the trademark owner or by using the domain name to divert...

Database

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA collection of information arranged in a way to facilitate updating and retrieval. Computer databases commonly consist both of materials protected by copyright and materials that are said to be in the...

Derivative Work

Under the Copyright Act, a "'derivative work' is a work based upon one or more preexisting works, such as a translation, musical arrangement, dramatization, fictionalization, motion picture version, sound recording, art reproduction, abridgment,...

Descriptive Mark

Descriptive marks consist of words that are indicative of the characteristics or qualities related to the goods or services associated with the mark. Unlike suggestive marks which require the consumer to use reasoning to understand...

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