Protecting your IP on Leaptee

Like any business owner, it’s important for Leaptee campaign creators to know their rights. Here’s a quick list of yours:

  1. If you don’t agree with a campaign takedown, you may appeal the infringement directly with the IP owner.
  2. If you create truly original artwork or original works of authorship (that do not infringe upon existing trademarks or copyrights), your work automatically receives copyright protection.
  3. If you find another Leaptee campaign using your protected work, you have the right to submit a claim to have it removed.

Submitting a Claim:

If you believe a Leaptee user is infringing upon your intellectual property and would like to submit a takedown notice, please review the checklist below.

  • Are you the exclusive owner of the material you’re reporting?
  • Can you provide evidence showing your ownership, like a registered trademark or dated photoshop file?
  • Can you say, in good faith, that the campaign being reported infringes upon your intellectual property (or the IP of a person or brand you legally represent)?

If you can check off all of the boxes above, you can create and submit your report to our legal team for review. To learn how, please see our Terms of Service.

Filing for A Copyright or Trademark

Concerned someone may copy your work? Registering your original works with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office or the U.S. Copyright Office provides you with the the right to assert ownership in the case of future infringement.

Types of works that are eligible to receive copyright and trademark protection include:

  • substantially unique expression of ideas
  • marks belonging to, or affiliated with a brand such as designs, logos, or taglines

The types of works that are often ineligible to receive copyright and trademark protection include:

  • original graphic designs that reference a trademarked entity (such as logo confusingly similar to the Denver Broncos logo)
  • common phrases, such as “I Love Canada”

While original work is automatically copyrighted upon creation, sometimes proving ownership can be difficult. A registered copyright ensures you have more official evidence of ownership on the public record.

To file a copyright application, start here.

A registered trademark is stronger than a copyright – it allows you to take legal action against not only copies, but confusingly or substantially similar versions of your work.

To file a trademark application, start here.

Please note that even if you have paid for and filed and trademark application, you don’t yet own the exclusive right to use that material (or submit a takedown notice) unless your application has been federally approved.