Any successful business owner can tell you that you need to protect your assets. Running a business is tough, and if you don’t take the proper precautions, you’re gambling with your livelihood. That’s why you need a Montréal business lawyer you can rely on to give you guidance and keep your best interests at heart.
Many business owners never have to worry about copyright infringement or trademark disputes, and I hope that you are one of them. However, we cannot control what our competitors do – and in some cases, what they do turns out to be illegal.
That’s why you need a talented Montréal business lawyer on your team. Our firm can help protect you and your assets by giving you case-specific legal advice that applies to your unique situation.
Your business name is your brand. When people hear it, you want them to think of you immediately. But what happens when another business steps on your toes, so to speak, and uses a name that is the same or is similar to yours? And what if you are being sued for using a business name that you believe is yours? Working with a lawyer who’s well versed in Canadian and Québec law can help prevent situations like this from ever coming up. There are legal protections in place that can stop others from taking advantage of the success you’ve built for yourself and protect you from incurring unnecessary legal fees.
A copyright prevents others from taking your work and presenting it as their own without your express permission. Likewise, a trademark is a word (or multiple words) or a design, or a combination of both, that is used to identify the goods or services of your organization.
There are essential steps that you must take to ensure that your work cannot be taken by others. When it comes to copyrights and trademarks, the laws are different from those regarding the theft of physical property.
Like your business name, your copyrighted material and trademarked words or designs are yours and yours alone. If someone infringes on your copyrighted or trademarked property rights, you can take legal action against them. That’s when it pays to have a lawyer who understands intellectual property law and how the court system operates in Montréal, Québec, Canada.
If someone opposes your trademark or if you oppose someone else’s trademark, the proceedings to sort out all of the details can be lengthy and complex. There are multiple deadlines, statements and counter-statements, and strict rules that everyone involved must follow. It’s usually advisable for someone dealing with trademark opposition to work with a lawyer who has proven experience in trademark law; that way, your rights are protected and you can establish a solid strategy to come out on top.
Your intellectual property is valuable to your business, and when you’re trying to succeed, it’s vital that you protect it. An experienced business lawyer can draft binding assignment agreements and licence agreements that allow others to use your property for specific purposes. While not every business needs to draft assignment or licence agreements, many do – and without a lawyer to prepare them, you could be giving up essential rights that you would be better off to reserve for yourself.
Unfair competition can pose a serious threat to your business, but it’s not unheard of for companies to employ under-handed techniques to gain an advantage over other companies. If this has happened to you, you may have the right to take the offender to court. As your Montréal business lawyer, I can assist you with the entire process, from providing case-specific legal advice to representing your business’ interests in court.
As a business owner (or potential business owner), you already know how important it is to protect yourself and your assets with written agreements. If one party misinterprets an agreement, cancels it or fails to execute it properly, you may have legal recourse. As your lawyer, I can help you take the offending party to court or to represent you if there has been a mistake in your interpretation of an agreement. The bottom line is that I will protect your rights no matter which side of the litigation you find yourself on.
When you start a business, you accept a certain amount of risk; all businesses face ups and downs. Some of them are unavoidable parts of business ownership. What you need is someone who can help prevent unnecessary problems and ensure that your rights and your assets are protected so that you’re free to do what you do best: run your business.
Call me at (514) 381-3064, EXT 204, to discover how I can help you build a successful foundation for your enterprise.