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We deliver quality legal representation to clients who need help navigating a complex and often confusing legal system.
Our attorneys and staff are committed to promoting access to justice in our local community and beyond through our detailed online guides, affordable payment plans, and client-centered approach to each and every case.
Who We Are
We’re a collection of experienced attorneys, dedicated support staff, and savvy tech professionals. We’re innovators, difference makers, and advocates for justice.
Most importantly, we’re a group of people who genuinely want to help our neighbors with their legal problems.
Our attorneys recognize that the ones who need legal services the most are often the ones who can afford it the least.
At Tingen & Williams, we’re trying to correct this problem.
How We Can Help Build Your Brand
Our attorneys and staff have the know-how you need to resolve your case both quickly and efficiently.
From trademark registration and small business marketing to copyright and infringement cases, we’re ready and able to help you with all of your intellectual property needs.
If you’re interested in working with our firm please give us a call at (804) 477-1720 to speak with one of our attorneys about your case.
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Our attorneys and staff have the skills and experience you need to resolve your case both quickly and effectively.
Most importantly, we take a different approach to legal services by focusing on ways we can solve the most common problems people have with law firms:
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Regardless of whether you need to register a new trademark for your business or if you just want to talk to someone about your copyright infringement case, our attorneys have you covered.
Please take a moment to learn more about us below, or reach out to us at (804) 477-1720 if you’d like to know more about any of our attorneys or their practice!
Jacob graduated from the University of Richmond School of Law and was accepted to the Virginia Bar in 2012. Less than 30 days after being admitted to the bar, Jacob launched his own legal practice.
James focuses his practice on intellectual property law, family law, and criminal defense. No matter the situation his clients are in, James is committed to helping his clients pursue the best possible outcome in their case.
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Our attorneys believe in using a combination of legal expertise and cutting-edge technology to solve problems for our clients.
Whether that’s providing you with free downloads and resources to help you understand your case or helping you fulfill your legal obligations, we believe in leveraging our experience and know-how to make sure you receive the best possible outcome in your intellectual property matter.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Intellectual property cases are usually life and death problems for small businesses, and clients often have questions about why our services are the best fit for the job.
Check out our answers to a few of these frequently asked questions below, or call us at (804) 477-1720 to schedule a free phone consultations with one of our attorneys!
Intellectual property (IP) is typically defined as the property-based rights associated with various types of creations such as copyrights, trademarks, patents, and trade secrets.
For example, if you create a logo for your business, you will usually own all rights pertaining to the use, distribution, or sale of that logo.
It may be possible to register your logo as a trademark or copyright depending on the circumstances.
Your rights to the various types of IP are seen as a limited monopoly over the protected property. As such, these rights can expire after a certain period of time.
If someone uses your IP or copies it without your permission, then you may be entitled to compensation or an injunction to prevent further infringement.
Yes. There are four general kinds of intellectual property:
- Trade secrets
Our firm is able to provide counseling for copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. We do not provide counsel regarding patents.
A trademark is a designation of origin for a particular set of goods or services.
Trademarks can be in the form of design logos or words, and in very limited cases in the forms of color or sound.
Having a registered trademark does not automatically prevent other people from using your brand name or logo in every field or service, but it may prevent people from using your brand in the same or related goods or services.
Prior to applying to register your trademark, it is crucial that you talk with an attorney to determine whether there are any potential blocks for your brand name or logo.
Whether you currently own a trademark that is in the application stage and encounter an issue or if you are choosing a new trademark, you should consider contacting a trademark attorney.
In strictly legal terms, a copyright is an original work of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression, now known or later developed from which they can be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated, either directly or with the aid of a machine or device.
There are several rights associated with a copyright, including, but not limited to, reproduction, distribution, public performance, and public display.
This definition applies to most original works of authorship, such as literary works, musical works including accompanying words, dramatic works, including any accompanying music, pantomimes and choreographic works, pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works, motion pictures and other audiovisual works, sound records, and architectural works.
Authorship is important because only a person who is legally the owner of the work is eligible to apply for the copyright.
Copyright protection generally does not extend to ideas, basic plot lines or tropes, and systems or processes.
For more information about your specific circumstance, contact an IP attorney.
Put simply, an intellectual property attorney will know the best strategies and practices for protecting your IP:
An attorney can help you register your IP or counsel you prior to registering your IP.
They can also help you properly license rights to your IP to third parties so you can maintain your IP and make it profitable.
Most importantly, an attorney can help you assess potential damages for infringement of your IP and discuss appropriate strategies that make sense for you.
While you may not feel you need an attorney for some tasks like copyright registration, it is never a bad idea to consult with an attorney to effectively protect your IP.
Fair use is a legal defense for copyright infringement. However, this defense largely rests on the specific facts of the case, and there is a large area of uncertainty on how to apply it.
Put simply, you are admitting that you infringed someone’s copyrighted work, but you claim to have a defense or a justification for your use. If your defense is unsuccessful, then you have already told the court you copied, and the court basically just calculates damages owed to plaintiff.
To assess fair use, the court reviews four factors on a case-by-case basis:
- The purpose and character of the use (i.e. Was your use for parody, commentary, criticism, etc.?)
- The nature of the copyrighted work (i.e. Was the plaintiff’s copyright for something that involves more facts or creative elements and what is protectable?)
- The amount and substantiality of the portion taken (Did you copy a small portion or sound bite, or did you copy an entire book?)
- The effect of the use upon the potential market of the copyrighted work (Is your infringement preventing financial gain from plaintiff in related markets?)
Certain uses have been stipulated as more worthy of protection under fair use, but there are limits to how those uses can apply (i.e. news reporting, educational uses, criticism).
Many issues surrounding fair use are still in the process of being decided, so there is no bright-line rule for fair use, generally.
Should you receive a DMCA-takedown notice and/or a cease and desist letter threatening suit for copyright infringement, you should absolutely consult with an IP attorney immediately.
If you have any questions about potential projects or creations, then you should also consider consulting an attorney to avoid infringement where possible.