Intellectual property portfolios are often among the most valuable assets of New Jersey businesses, and the information age has created a range of new challenges for those tasked with protecting them. Lawmakers have done their best to update the nation's intellectual property laws in light of these new threats, but the onus still lies on the holders of copyrights and trademarks to proactively protect their rights. If you feel that your intellectual property is vulnerable or has been used without your consent, you may wish to consult with an attorney who has experience in this area.
Laws such as the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act criminalize certain types of online activity and provide intellectual property holders and their attorneys with an array of tools that can be used to combat copyright infringement. While internet service providers are generally not held liable for the actions of their users, you may be relieved to learn that these laws do encourage them to take down infringing material and work with copyright holders to reduce infringement.
Doing business on the internet raises legal issues that go beyond the infringement of intellectual property rights. You may believe that the internet is largely unregulated and online marketers can virtually do as they please, but many of the federal and state laws dealing with unfair trade practices apply to websites just as they do to brick-and-mortar operations. The same is true for defamatory statements made online about you or your business, and your attorneys may even be more capable of pursuing this kind of litigation when libelous statements have been made online because few things posted on the internet are truly anonymous.
Intellectual property laws are revised regularly as new threats emerge, and attorneys with experience in this area may stay abreast of these changes and update their client's security protocols accordingly. If you would like to learn more about what you can do to protect your company's trademarks and copyrights from online violators, please visit our page dealing with intellectual property protection.