Intellectual Property Laws
Intellectual property and rights have become important and have gained the status of essential commodities which need to be protected at all costs. In India, IP laws are safeguarded through well-established statutory, administrative and judicial frameworks.
The following falls within the purview of IP laws in the firm-
- Identification, registration and protection of trademarks, copyrights, designs and patents in India and abroad
- Management of Global IP portfolio and intellectual property due diligence
A trademark is a unique word, design, slogan or characteristic that helps associate with and identify the product. Trademarks help distinguish one business from the other. Under the Intellectual Property Law, it is important to be the first one to use the name in order to continue its usage. But for enforcement purposes, it needs to be filed. The search, filing of application and the follow up is done by the law firm.
Original works of authorship in creative and innovation fields like art, literature, music, photography, software and any intellectual work is protected through copyrights. The filing for copyright protection helps legally enforce the copyright.
A modification that increases and improves the visual aesthetics of an article is called design. Design protection falls within the ambit of Intellectual Property law and can be protected for 10 years, extendable for 5 years. The registration for the same is done by the law firm.
Innovations keep businesses running. The development of a new idea gives the company a competitive edge and it would be foolish to let that go. This is where a patent for the innovation comes in which prevents third parties from laying claims on the product. The appropriate paperwork for a patent will be followed through by the law firm.
In general sense, legislation is a law that has been promulgated by a legislature or a governing body. Legislation serves the purpose of regulating, authorizing, outlawing, sanctioning, granting or restricting activities in the country. Given that administrative body comes up with different legislations to serve various needs, the firm keeps itself updated with the same. This helps us serve the clients better by walking them through the different laws and sorting out which affects their matter directly.
Arbitration is a procedure wherein a dispute is submitted, on agreement by both the parties to arbitrators in order to have a binding decision. This helps solve the dispute without going to the court. Arbitration is one of the many methods of dispute resolution and is ultimately guided by the laws of the country.
The proceedings initiated between two opposite parties in order to defend or enforce a legal right falls under legislation. Although usually used synonymously with lawsuits, litigations in reality include the activities before, during and after a law suit.
Media , Broadcasting, Technology and Telecommunications
These set of laws provide necessary legal services to the stakeholders in the entertainment industry. Film, television, music, advertisement, internet and publishing industries fall under this ambit. The firm covers and is not limited to the following aspects of entertainment law-
- Application of contract, employment and intellectual property principles in interactions between people from the entertainment industry
- Talent management of artists through contract negotiations and other means like publicity agreements, endorsement agreements, performance rights management
The growth of technology and business investments has made broadcasting the link between the two interests. Broadcasting laws in India follow a range of principles that have been laid down in the Broadcasting code. Although the laws keep on changing, businesses need to follow these core ideas and the firm ensures that the clients are kept updated regarding changes.
Techno-legal requirements guide the conduct of e-commerce, online business and websites in India. Because technological advancements have created the possibility of new crimes, it is extremely necessary to have a set of rules to prevent technological misdemeanour. As a legal firm we ensure that clients dealing with the online world do not violate the necessary rules.
With liberalization, the telecom industry in India has grown at a tremendous pace. The laws that regulate the telecom industry look include formulation, licensing and regulation of all telecommunication related aspects in the country. Any service provider trying to break into the telecommunication service can approach the firm in order to have a proper idea about all the formalities involved.
Human Resources, Labour and Employment Laws
Hiring and retaining employees is not an easy job. Abrise Legal helps you with organizational processes by providing advice in the domain of legal and industrial laws. The firm helps clients in drafting of employment agreements, policy manuals, employee incentive programs and benefit schemes.
The following fall in the purview of Labour and Employment laws-
- Relationship between employer, employee and the government
- Scrutiny of the organizational policies related to recruitment, interview, hiring and termination of an employee
Given that business need to follow certain commercial laws apart from employment laws, our firm is well versed in the nature of the same and usually deals with the following-
- Sale of goods and services, security interests, lease, principal and agent relationships and contracts
- Contracts form the most important part of commercial law as without it no transaction will be possible (contracts are enforced by the legal system)
- This branch of law also deals with banking, bankruptcy, consumer credit, debtor and creditor, landlord-tenant and mortgage