Learn How to Protect Your Rights with Copyrights, Trademarks & Website Protection
This 8-hour CE course helps nurse entrepreneurs and educators enhance their work without infringing on others' copyright protections. It shows nurses how to protect their rights in starting, growing and maintaining a business and creating educational materials for patients, clients and the public and avoid important legal blind spots when they create and share information.
Participants will learn what legal protection is needed in 3 key areas: Copyrights, Trademarks, and Protecting Website Content. This course includes pdf Tip Sheets and audio recordings that nurses can listen to on any device.
Lesson #1 - Copyrights 101 for Nurses - You may not be aware, but Copyright principles apply to so much of what nurses do when they own their own business, especially if you create course handouts, program materials, social media, blog posts, e-books, books, emails, website content, sales pages… you name it! Copyright law can seem confusing. Are you unsure about what Copyright protection is or when to use the Copyright symbol in your work? In this lesson, you’ll learn Copyright 101 for Nurses – the essential basics.
Lesson #2 - What You Should Trademark - Have you been thinking about Trademarking a business name or logo? Not sure what Trademarking really is, or if you even have something of value to Trademark? In this lesson, you'll learn the basics about Trademarks: what they are, how they protect your brand, what you can (and should!) Trademark, why Trademarking is considered a crowning achievement, and whether owning the website URL is enough to claim ownership of your brand.
Lesson #3 - Protecting Your Website Content - If you have a website, you may worry that someone will come along and copy its text and images and profit from your hard work. It happens more often than you might know. In this lesson, you'll learn what to do if someone copies your website content and what strong legal language you can put in place to support your rights.
BONUS - How to Avoid Making Medical Claims in Your Business - When you're passionate about a program you've created or teaching about products like herbs or essential oils, you'll naturally want to speak as boldly as you can to let people know the benefits they can receive. However, this can get you into legal trouble if you cross the line into making medical or disease claims. This bonus lesson helps you stay in the safe zone.
Free Podcast "2 Big Risks When Doing a Trademark Search"
The first step to Trademarking your brand is to do a Trademark Search to identify potential conflicts with existing registered Trademarks and assess whether it’s wise to move forward with a Trademark Application.
Lisa Fraley, JD is the author/instructor of the Copyrights, Trademarks & Website Protection for Nurse Entrepreneurs & Educator CE course. Clients often ask Lisa “What are the risks if I do a Trademark Search on my own?”
Listen to the author's podcast where she identifies the 2 biggest risks to watch for when do your own Trademark Search: Click here.
Lisa's free 19-minute podcast is an opportunity for you to experience the quality of her material and learn:
- What a Trademark is and how it protects you
- The main benefit of Trademarking
- 2 big risks of doing a Trademark Search on your own
- What can happen if you rely solely on an “initial search” in the US Patent and Trademark Office database
- Why what is “confusingly similar” to the US Patent and Trademark Office might not be apparent to you
- Why Lisa recommends having a lawyer experienced in Trademarking help you with a Trademark Search
- Why Lisa believes having a Trademark is a “crown jewel” for a small business owner
Intellectual property is a complex issue. Although certain situations are relatively clear-cut, the answer to other questions is often "It depends."
Some nurse entrepreneurs and nurse educators have not considered how they can or cannot legally use works created by others or even by themselves in a previous job position. Other nurses who do consider the legality of use have inadvertently based their actions on misinformation. Either way, ignorance regarding intellectual property, copyrights, trademarks and website content protection is not a justification for misusing material and can put one at risk for litigation.
On completion of this course, participants will be able to identify:
- What can be copyrighted
- When your copyright rights begin
- How to prevent someone from using your work
- How to avoid violating the copyright rights of others
- What a trademark is
- Why nurses need a trademark
- When nurses can and should trademark
- How trademarks are obtained
- What strong legal document you can put in place to protect your website content
- What to do if someone copies your website content
- The three steps to using a Cease and Desist letter
Lisa Fraley, JD, is an Attorney, Legal Coach®, Speaker and #1 Best-Selling Author of Easy Legal Steps...That Are Also Good for Your Soul. She’s also the host of the “Legally Enlightened” podcast on iTunes. As a Holistic Lawyer®, Lisa blends her legal expertise as a former health care attorney in a large corporate law firm and the care of a Health Coach through IIN & Life Coach through Coach U. She’s helped help thousands of heart-centered coaches, entrepreneurs and holistic practitioners protect their businesses and brands with contracts, disclaimers, trademarks and more. Lisa shares her “Legal Love” through DIY legal templates, online courses and 1:1 services and speaking on stages from British Columbia to the Bellagio. Lisa's mission is to help small business owners understand that the law can be accessible, empowering, loving, and even spiritual and she’s uniquely known for aligning legal steps with the chakras.
Lisa’s a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law’s nationally-ranked health law program and holds a Certificate in Sustainable Business Strategy from Harvard Business School Online. Join the Legal Love tribe and receive free legal tips at lisafraley.com.
Start"Copyrights for Nurses" Audio Lession
Start"Copyrights for Nurses" Tip Sheet
Start"How to Legally Use Images on Social Media" Audio Lesson
Start"How to Legally Use Images on Social Media" Tip Sheet
Start"Plagiarism, Publishing & People Who Steal Your Work" Audio Lesson
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Start"Trademarks for Nurses" Audio Lesson
Start"What Should You Trademark?" Tip Sheet
Start"How to Trademark in 2 Steps: The Search & The Application" Audio Lesson
Start"How to Trademark in 2 Steps: The Search & The Application" Tip Sheet
Start"Trademarking Gone Wrong: Don't Do This!" Audio Lesson
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Start"3 Reasons to Trademark" Audio Lesson
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