Combat Infringement with Cease and Desist Letters Drafted by Washington D.C. IP Attorneys
The issuance of a Cease and Desist letter is one mechanism that intellectual property attorneys implement to combat against possible infringement of an owner's protected intellectual property (IP). Once it has been determined that someone is infringing on your IP, you need to take action to stop the infringer from continuing to infringe on your IP. Filing a lawsuit can be costly and time consuming. A faster and more cost effective approach is to contact the other party first through a Cease and Desist Letter. This is used to put the infringer on notice that they are infringing on your intellectual property and to stop immediately. Depending on the nature of the infringement, it may be advisable to demand retribution damages for the infringing content. This can only be determined on a case by case basis. Consequently, consulting with an experienced intellectual property lawyer can help you determine, if you are protected, if there is indeed an infringement, the extent of the infringement, and whether you need to pursue any other remedies (i.e. retribution damages, issuing a DMCA notice with the applicable internet service provider (ISP), search engine, webhost, etc.).
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