Amplifying entertainers, and empowering creative businesses by providing the legal tools to guide and protect them.
If you are a film producer, musician, performer, model, artist, writer, photographer, influencer, athlete, innovator, content creator, or a business that does any type of marketing...
Content is king, and so is the need for legal protection of creators and businesses. Entertainment lawyers are best suited to represent clients who create and use content because they know copyright, licensing, publicity, and advertising laws.
Our entertainment law practice is full service. This means we review, draft, and negotiate contracts, provide legal advice, protect intellectual property, and represent our clients in litigation matters.
Charlotte Towne, P.A. provides legal and support services in the following areas of entertainment law:
Talent Agency License Application
Option to Purchase Film Rights
Model Management Agreement
Boudoir Photography Agreement
Talent Hold Agreement
Video Production Agreement
Drowning in confusing contracts? Drafting agreements that reflect the parties’ intent while protecting your best interest is our spe-shell-ty.
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- WALT DISNEY
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We assist businesses and professionals in any industry achieve their maximum potential while guiding them and protecting them along the way. We are deeply committed to establishing a long-term, professional relationship with you looking not just to what your needs are right now, but helping you plan, build and protect your future.
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Your Questions Answered
Can I register for a copyright or trademark by myself?Maybe, if you qualify. However, the process is tedious and complex. You may not be able to complete the process on your own. A simple mistake can take several years to recover from. Hiring an experienced intellectual property attorney to register on your behalf will help you avoid costly mistakes.
What is a TTAB opposition?Opposition proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) are similar to a civil action in federal district court. There are pleadings, motions, disclosures, discovery, trial briefs, and sometimes oral hearings. TTAB rules and procedures in trademark oppositions are complex legal matters that require experienced attorneys to navigate the complex rules and present the proper case in order to acquire or preserve trademark rights. There are extension filing fees, notice of opposition filing fees, attorneys fees, and other costs necessary to institute and litigate an opposition.
How long does does the registration process take?It's hard to predict exactly how long it will take an application to mature into a registration because so many factors can affect the process. The total time for an application to be processed may be anywhere from almost a year to several years, depending on the basis for filing, and the legal issues which may arise in the examination of the application.
Someone is copying my work! What should I do?You may challenge alleged copyright infringers in several ways, depending on the factual situation. Call The Mermaid Lawyer®️ immediately-- time is of the essence. Your claim could be barred by the statute of limitations if you wait too long.
Is a trademark search necessary?It is advisable to conduct a search of the USPTO TESS records before filing an application. The Mermaid Lawyer®️ can perform a search in order to identify similar prior filed marks that may create obstacles for you and possibly bar registration of your mark.
How long does a trademark registration last?The registration is valid as long as you timely file all post registration maintenance documents. You must file a "Declaration of Use under Section 8" between the fifth and sixth year following registration. In addition, you must file a combined "Declaration of Use and Application for Renewal under Sections 8 and 9" between the ninth and tenth year after registration, and every 10 years thereafter. If these documents are not timely filed, your registration will be cancelled and cannot be revived or reinstated. There are UPSTO filing fees required to file the renewals.
Is registration of my mark guaranteed?No. The examining attorney will review the application and may issue refusals based on the Trademark Act of 1946, 15 U.S.C. §1051 et seq., or the Trademark Rules of Practice, 37 C.F.R. Part 2. The most common reasons for refusing registration are because the mark is: Likely to cause confusion with a mark in a registration or prior application; Descriptive for the goods/services; A geographic term; A surname; Ornamental as applied to the goods. Registration of your could also be opposed by another trademark owner in a Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) opposition proceeding which could prevent your mark from being registered if you don’t successfully defend yourself.