Copyright Infringement: Tips for Getting Through the Case

A copyright infringement lawsuit involves an allegation that the defendant is using intellectual property in violation of copyright laws. If you have been served with copyright infringement paperwork or if you are concerned that your trademark or intellectual property is being unlawfully used, contact one of the Longview Texas intellectual property attorneys at Boon Calk Echols Coleman & Goolsby. 

Intellectual property is a complicated area of the law. This is not the type of case that you will want to handle on your own. Proving that you own a trademark can be a challenge, since a mark cannot be too generic. If a mark is generic, then it will be difficult to convince a court that you should be allowed to use it exclusively. Trademark litigation typically involves cases where appropriation of a mark could cause confusion for consumers because a competitor is using a similar mark. 

Proving or disputing damages in an intellectual property case is much more complicated than proving something that is easy to calculate numerically like property damage or medical bills. The value of intellectual property is intrinsically tied to the goodwill of a business or artistic work. Its value can fluctuate over time. 

Copyright infringement lawsuits can last months or years and can involve disputes over large sums of money. The best thing to do if you are involved in a copyright infringement case is to hire an experienced attorney to advocate for you. Some of the characteristics that make an artistic work unique may seem subjective. An attorney familiar with prior cases in this area of the law can compare these prior cases to your case and submit legal arguments to a judge regarding why you should prevail in your lawsuit. 

If you have questions about a copyright infringement case, contact the Longview Texas intellectual property attorneys at Boon Calk Echols Coleman & Goolsby today to schedule a consultation.