Stephen E. Gillen – Book Titles and Trademarks: Know Your Rights

Irene Watson and Tyler R. Tichelaar spoke with publishing expert and lawyer Stephen E. Gillen about book titles, trademarks, and your rights as an author. Steve is an attorney with 30 years of experience in publishing, media, and copyright matters. He has been in private practice for 15 years, currently as a partner with 140-year-old intellectual property boutique firm, Wood, Herron & Evans in Cincinnati. We covered a broad spectrum of rights issues including:

  • Is the title of your book protected by the copyrights in the book.
  • What does the copyright in a book cover?
  • Is there no protection for your book title?
  • How and when can a title be protected?
  • What are the advantages of trademark protection and registration?
  • Is there a downside to the intersection of trademark law and book titles ?

Stephen E. Gillen

Stephen E. Gillen

Steve represents book and magazine publishers, media companies, corporations, authors and creatives across the country. Prior to establishing his private practice, Steve spent 17 years in the educational publishing business with South-Western Publishing Company, now a division of Cengage Learning. While with South-Western, Steve worked as a copy editor, editor, executive editor, and for the last 8 of his years there as corporate secretary and vice president of legal affairs. You can contact Stephen through Wood, Herron & Evans.
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