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Frequently Asked Questions

Trademarks & Copyright

What is a trademark?

A trademark is a source identifier. It helps a consumer associate a good or service with a brand or a business. A trademark can be, but is not limited to, a word, logo, color, or slogan.

What is the difference between ™ and ®?

The ™ symbol indicates that the unregistered mark has been adopted by a brand in connection with its goods or services.  The ® symbol is reserved only for marks that have been registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Registered marks are awarded greater rights than unregistered marks.

How long is the trademark registration process?

The trademark process generally takes between 6 months to 12 months. However, the process may be longer depending if any issues arise during the process.

What is copyright?

Copyright protects works of original authorship that are put in a fixed tangible form. Ideas are not protected by copyright. A federal registered copyright allows for the owner to bring a lawsuit based on copyright infringement. The timing of a registered copyright also determines the amount of damages a copyright owner can recover from an infringer.

What can I get a copyright registration for?

Copyrightable works include, but are not limited to, paintings, photographs, art, animation, books, sound recordings, lyrics, fabric designs, advertisements, videos, and drawings.

How long is the copyright registration process?

The copyright process generally takes between 6 months to 10 months.

Personal Injury & Auto Accidents

What is PIP?

Personal Injury Protection (or PIP) consists of benefits provided by an insurance company to their insured, and other qualified individuals, who are injured in a motor vehicle accident. This protection includes up to $10,000.00 of combined medical and disability benefits. Florida law requires that an injured person treat with a medical provider within 14 days of a motor vehicle accident to qualify to receive PIP.

What is MedPay?

Medical Payments (or MedPay) coverage benefits are paid out for medical bills incurred as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. MedPay is not required in Florida. Generally, insurance companies are entitled to reimbursement for the amount of MedPay paid on a claim.

Should I give a statement to the other side’s adjuster?

If you're injured in an auto accident it's better to decline making a statement to the adverse adjuster until you speak with an attorney.

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