Intellectual Property Cease and Desist Letter Free

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When an individual or business is engaging in unwelcome or illegal behavior, this Cease and Desist letter can be used.

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When an individual or business is engaging in unwelcome or illegal behavior, this Cease and Desist letter can be used. The letter is considered to be a formal request asking the recipient to stop (cease) and discontinue (desist) this behavior. If the recipient is now willing to stop his behavior, the sender should be prepared to take further legal actions.

This Cease and Desist letter should be used in cases of intellectual property infringement. The events of that could be a trademark or copyright infringement.

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A Cease and Desist letter includes the following basic components:

  • Sender;
  • Recipient;
  • description of the offending behavior and the adverse effects the behavior has had
  • warning that a lawsuit will result if the offending behavior does not stop
  • deadline by which the offending behavior must stop

This Cease and Desist letter can be used for two of the most common uses of such a letter:

  • Trademark Infringement: A demand that an individual or business stop using a trademark (a name, phrase, logo, design, or image that helps consumers identify a product or service with a particular brand) that has already been registered by someone else with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Copyright Infringement: A demand that an individual or business stop using already published materials protected by U.S. Copyright laws without obtaining permission from the owner of the copyright and giving proper attribution to the creator of those materials

A completed document should be sent via mail to the party that is conducting the offensive behavior.

Applicable law Applicable law

No laws outline what must be put into a Cease and Desist letter. However, best practices dictate that a Cease and Desist include a detailed description of the offending behavior and an apparent demand that the behavior stop or else legal action will be taken.

 

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