Vakilpro provides competent legal assistance on a spectrum of personal and family related issues which has a devastating effect on one’s individual life. Each individual has different sets of personal laws in respect to laws relating to family affairs, succession, personal laws etc. The attorneys in Vakilpro do have great experience and has handled many issues concerned with personal and family matters.
• Separation and divorce, child custody, guardianship, visitation, protection and other applications.
• Family violence, spouse maintenance, alimony, adoption, surrogacy, annulment, mental and physical abuse.
• Rights of consumer, debts, insurance claims, mortgage stress, foreclosure, motor vehicle property damage, misuse of powers of attorney, prenuptial agreements, compensation for victims of a civil dispute.
• Land and building disputes.
• Agreement, contract and tenancy disputes.
• Intellectual property.
• Neighbour disputes or nuisance causing to person or property.
• Negligence, property and lease disputes, inheritance, title disputes.
• Taxation and prosecutions for unpaid taxes.
• Drafting wills.
• Personal injuries.
Some of the important Laws and Act that are involved in personal and family matters are The Indian Divorce Act, The Hindu Marriage Act, Christian Marriage Act, Special Marriage Act, Dissolution of Muslim Marriage Act, Foreign Marriage Act etc.
* Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind, such as inventions; literary and artistic works; designs; and symbols, names and images used in commerce.
* The main purpose of intellectual property law is to encourage the creation of a large variety of intellectual goods. To achieve this, the law gives people and businesses property rights to the information and intellectual goods they create – usually for a limited period of time. It allows people to profit from the information and intellectual goods they create.
* Intellectual property protects Patents, copyright, trademarks, which facilitates people to gain recognition and financial benefits for their creativity.
* Copyright protects the artistic works ranging from books, music, painting, sculptures, films, advertisements, programs etc. The Copyrights Act 1957 has been amended six times. The Copyright (Amendment) Act 2012 is the substantial. Some of the important amendments to the Copyright Act in 2012 are extension of copyright protection in the digital environment such as penalties for circumvention of technological protection measures and rights management information, and liability of internet service provider and introduction of statutory licences for cover versions and broadcasting organizations; ensuring right to receive royalties for authors, and music composers, exclusive economic and moral rights to performers, equal membership rights in copyright societies for authors and other right owners and exception of copyrights for physically disabled to access any works.
* Patent is an exclusive right provided to patent owner and the decision as to whether the invention is to be used by others is decided by the paten owner.
* A patent is a form of Intellectual Property. A patent gives its owner the right to exclude others from making, using, selling, and importing an invention for a limited period of time, usually twenty years. The patent rights are granted in exchange for an enabling public disclosure of the invention. In most countries patent rights fall under civil law and the patent holder needs to sue someone infringing the patent in order to enforce their rights. In some industries patents are an essential form of competitive advantage; in others they are irrelevant however, a granted patent application must include one or more claims that define the invention. These claims must meet relevant patentability requirements, such as novelty, usefulness, and mom-obviousness.
* Trademark differentiates the goods or services from one enterprise to the other. It is a recognizable sign, design, or expression which identifies products or services of a particular source from those of others. The trademark owner can be an individual, business organization, or any legal entity. A trademark may be located on a package, a label, a voucher, or on the product itself. For the sake of corporate identity, trademarks are often displayed on company buildings.
* In case of intellectual property offense the owner of the IP has to sue the infringer in the court of law to get the infringing materials destroyed or remove and to collect financial damages from the infringer. The infringer has to follow the orders of the court and pay the damages to the original creator.