• Copyright Searches and Counseling • U.S. and Foreign Copyright Applications • U.S. and Foreign Copyright Prosecution • Assignments and Licenses • Enforcement and Litigation
We offer comprehensive copyright searches to help our clients to avoid inadvertently infringing the protected copyright interests of other individuals and entities, and to help prevent our clients' copyright applications from being rejected in view of other, pre-existing artistic works. We also offer counseling services to help ensure that our clients will ultimately benefit from a domestic or foreign copyright registration.
We specialize in preparing and filing copyright applications specifically designed to provide a solid foundation for the subsequent federal examination process. Moreover, as an international law firm, we also work closely with many foreign associates in order to file copyright applications in many foreign jurisdictions of interest to our clients, such as, but not limited to, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Russia, South Korea and Taiwan.
If the U.S. Government has a concern with a copyright application, it will issue a notice called an "Office Action". Some Office Actions may reject an application due to statutory concerns, while others simply include a request for clarification or additional information. A response to an Office Action must be filed within 120 days of the date that the Office Action was issued. If the applicant does not respond within the applicable time period, the application will be considered abandoned.
We specialize in drafting effective legal responses to Offices Actions that are able to traverse the rejections of record and expedite the registration process. We also work closely with many foreign associates to prosecute copyright applications in countries all over the world. Our trusted associates are experts in helping us to obtain broad foreign protection for our clients' artistic works, while continuing to keep us apprised of the most recent changes in copyright law and practice in their respective jurisdictions.
When a client is interested in assigning (or being assigned) a copyright interest, we can draft an assignment agreement tailored to the individual needs of the client, as well as file copies of the fully-executed assignments with the U.S. Copyright Office, and we can even help conduct the requisite "due diligence" to confirm that a clear chain of title exists for the transferred intellectual property. We are also able to help our clients to financially benefit from their respective copyrights by drafting exclusive or nonexclusive license agreements for the applicable artistic works.
Mr. Jerry Crandall, Esq., is personally licensed to practice before every single federal district court in the State of California, as well as in the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington D.C. Additionally, as an international law firm, we have the ability to coordinate global efforts to protect our clients’ interests both domestically and abroad. In particular, we are able to work with attorneys in many different jurisdictions to manage large-scale intellectual property and commercial litigation efforts.