Law Offices Of

Steve Costello


Music Law

Creating music is your brnad's artistic work and marketing that music is a business. The world of music is always growing and evolving. With the consistent introduction of new techology and varying revenue streams and distribution channels, the opportunity for profit grows, but so does the legal complexity. Our firm can assist you with band agreements, booking your band with venues, copyright registration of your songs, trademark registration of your band artwork and many other legal issues, so that you can focus on creating and performing music.

Copyright Registration

Unlike patents and trademarks, you can own a copyright to a song without a copyright registration. All that is required to copyright your song is the for the song to be original to the writer and it exists in a tangible manner such as sheet music, tape recording or saved on a computer flash drive. However, despite the fact that registration is not required, registration is highly recommended because it establishes your claim to ownership, adds your song in the Copyright Office records and provides certain rights in a dispute. Our firm can assist you with the copyright registration process for a reasonable flat fee.

Wedding Photography Contracts

Photography is a little bit like the Wild West. There's a lot of potential for growth and profit, but the rules can be convoluted and vague at best. A successful photography business requires creativity and flexibility. Protecting your brand and your business involves contracts, intellectual property, copyrights, trademarks and patents. Our firm represents individual photographers. We protect their business against copycats large and small and guide them through the legal landscape. Let our firm draft a photography engagement contract for your clients to protect you and your business.

Trademark Registration

A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol and/or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of your goods or services from those of others. The words or terms "McDonald's", "Walmart", "Google", "Microsoft" are registered trademarks which represent a significant proportion of their corporate owners' net worth. Protecting and strengthening your brand - whether a new process or product for which you are also seeking patent protection, or a new and unique service - involves trademarks.

Business Formation and Strategy

Forming and registering a new business entity such as single-member LLC in Texas has never been easier but behind the curtain are challenges that our firm strives to stay ahead of. The startup and small business marketplace is still a harsh and unpredictable frontier that requires legal advice from attorneys who are deeply entrenched in the particularities of business law. Our firm provides a holistic approach to business law and intellectual property law, so your company can get the best competitive advantage.

Patent Prosecution

Patents and patented products are so pervasive that we can't remember having ever lived without them, but the patenting process has only been around pervasively since the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. U.S. patents not only make our lives better and simpler, but the patenting process has been instrumental in the health and prosperity of the U.S. economy. A patent gives the inventor the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale or selling their invention throughout the United States or importing their invention into the United States for a limited time. A process, a machine, an article of manufacture, a composition of matter, or an improvement thereof, can be patented with a utility patent. An ornamental design can be patented with a design patent. An asexually reproduced plant can be patented with a plant patent. Our firm can assist you to navigate the complex patent prosecution process for chemical patents. As a former chemist and inventor, we understand how the law affects technology.