Is your intellectual property being misused online? Have you noticed that your trademark or copyright is being used, in whole or part, without authorization? Do you know that most website providers have procedures that you can follow to request removal of the unauthorized uses without even having to go to court?
For example, often, my clients discover that there are Facebook sites that incorporate or are similar to their trademarks or copyrights. It is difficult and costly to take every offending user to court simply because they have a Facebook page. If the unauthorized users are not making money, it . is also not worthwhile to take them to court. With lots of these uses, my clients are often happy just to have the Facebook page (or similar page) removed.
Facebook has a procedure that owners of intellectual property (such as copyrights and trademarks) can follow to request removal of pages that in some way infringe. If you follow the procedure, the offending page(s) will be removed exceptionally quickly, and the page owner will be contacted by Facebook. This can often catalyze resolution of issues involving unwanted use of client’s intellectual property.
These procedures are in place for many online service providers, not just with Facebook. Leveraging them is key in maintaining the value of your intellectual property. If you have questions about this process, please contact us.