Copyright Attorney in The US

What is a Copyright?

What is a copyright?  Copyright gives creators, among other exclusive rights, the right to make copies of their works.


Copyright law has often been compared to a fence. The purpose of that fence is to keep people out unless they jump over it, walk around it, or otherwise circumvent it. As for what can be copyrighted: in the US, non-literal elements of original work are copyrightable subject matter (e.g., selection and arrangement of facts), but never the idea, which is interchangeably called idea/expression dichotomy.


A copyright is an exclusive right to reproduce, distribute, perform, or display work. This right protects the original expression of ideas — literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and other intellectual works.


A copyright is a legal monopoly on the right to copy or sell creative work. It gives the copyright owner the exclusive right to reproduce, distribute, adapt and publicly perform the copyrighted material. Copyrights can be sold, bought, and licensed. Copyright owners are legally empowered to act against those who infringe their rights.

Eight Copyright Categories

  1. Literary, musical and dramatic works.
  2. Pantomimes and choreographic works.
  3. Pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works.
  4. Sound recordings.
  5. Motion pictures and other AV works.
  6. Computer programs.
  7. Compilations of works and derivative works.
  8. Architectural works.


Russell Tomoum
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Peace of mind, professionalism and assurance for best results. I have had a very satisfying experience with Jerry. Other than being attentive to the many detailed questions related to my trademark request, he has gone above and beyond to provide assurance and due diligence of my complicated situation. He could have charged me for the additional complexity nature of my case but he did not. Thank you, Jerry!
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Jerry has been wonderful throughout the duration of the patent process. He is very easy to talk to and thorough. But most importantly, he is honest about setting you up for the most success with your patent . Not only are his rates very reasonable, but the delivery of the work is timely and exceeded my expectation. If you are looking for a patent attorney, look no further!!!!
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Amazing attorney who really understands what inventors and entrepreneurs go through. With his background in manufacturing, he is knowledgeable and the perfect resource for anybody looking to patent their invention or defend themselves against claims of patent infringement. I would highly recommend him to any person dealing with IP concerns..

Literary - Musical - Dramatic

Pantomime - Choreography

Picture - Graphic - Sculpture

Steve McCurry

Audio Recordings

Motion Picture - AV

Computer Programs

Compilations - Derivatives

Architectural Work

Famous Copyright Cases

The Associated Press V Fairey

Photo Credit to the AP and Mr Fairey

Vanilla Ice V David Bowie/Queen

Images are property of NBC

Roger Dean V James Cameron

Avatar is owned by 20th Century Fox

How to Protect Your Creative Work.

1. Register with the USPTO.

Registering your copyright gives you various advantages, especially in legal enforcement if someone breaches it. The number one reason it’s essential to register a copyright because having a public record of the work helps prevent disputes. Suppose no one has evidence of the date and author of a work. In that case, there’s nothing to prevent an author from claiming that something published years later was their work. If no one knew about the material until years later, it is more difficult to prove, so all evidence counts.

2. Properly mark your work

Marking a work with the copyright symbol and the year of publication is only one way of protecting your copyright. To ensure no one can copy or distribute your creative work without your permission, you first need to register it with the copyright office. Next, mark it correctly, so people know to get your consent if they want to use your work.

3. Keep and register supporting evidence.

Always keep evidence when it concerns your created work. Even if it’s just a personal letter, you have something that you can later show to other people as evidence of what you’ve done. You should keep those things for your own sake and for the sake of others who might be interested in the same kind of things.

4. Have a written agreement between co-authors.

Suppose you’re working on something that will be published or writing about a collaborative piece of research. In that case, you and your co-authors should agree in writing about what everyone contributed. Everyone should have something, even if small by comparison. There are always questions about who owns what.

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What Makes Our Firm Different

The Intellectual Property Attorney you hire to represent you and your business is one of the most important decisions you will ever make.


These are the values that guide this firm:

  • Client-Centered: Not every situation is the same; not all clients are alike. We take the time to listen, understand and make a plan based on your individual needs. 
  • End To End Support Services: We can connect our clients with anything from engineering and manufacturing advice to market testing and distribution, service far beyond a traditional intellectual property law firm.
  • Friendly, approachable attorneys: The days of the stuffy lawyer talking down to you and charging you by the hour are long gone. Let’s talk more like old friends. We are inventors and entrepreneurs just like you.
  • We don’t make you pay a fortune: Flat Rate billing is a feature of this law firm. Our philosophy is to make intellectual property services affordable and effective. It should not cost you $15k-$20k to get started with your idea. You can start today for a deposit of $275.

From the principal attorney

Having a lawyer is often the difference between success and failure. A good intellectual property lawyer is priceless. Without one, you’re basically out in the cold on your own. I have seen so much go wrong for clients’ businesses and even personal finances apart from the company.


– Jerry K Joseph Esq. Founding Attorney

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