Re: Re: Re: record label
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Posted by M. Arthur Auslander on August 01, 2003 at 00:38:40:
In Reply to: Re: Re: record label posted by Chris Edwrads on July 31, 2003 at 20:08:34:
: : : I am going to be starting my own record label. I need some information. Do i need to copywrite the name of the label and trademark the logo , or is it all a trademark issue? How should I go about this? What should be my first step? I need information Thanx
Dear Mr. Edwards,
Frankly I find it hard to find the doctor or lawyer that can be trusted. You are to be commended for asking before you start.
The legal acts to be performed are not complex. The understanding of what you want BEFORE you do it VERY important. A mistake at the beginning cost a lot when the chips are down even years later.
Just going to a lawyer is not the answer. You must use an INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAWYER. Now that does that mean? You ask before you start and pay.
The lawyer MUST be familiar withcopyrights, common law trademarks and trade names and in particular with TRADEMARK registration, and searching in the USPTO. The lawyer may also be specially regisstered to file patent applications. To handle patents, though, there is a special exam that must be passed.
There are SOME general lawyers who qualify. For instance I handle a wide scope of matters, other than negligence and am also a fully qualified Intellectual Lawyer including the special admission to handle patents.
A secondary concern then is what you are going to have to pay. Ask befor you retain the lawyer. The trademark, Government filing fee is $335 per class.
M. Arthur Auslander
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