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Tania Maria Williams

Tania Maria Williams

Helping You Protect Your Most Valuable Asset - Your Brand
  • Trademarks, Intellectual Property, Entertainment & Sports Law
  • California, District of Columbia, Florida
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Communication Skills
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Ethics and Professionalism
5.0/5.0
Rating: 10 Justia Lawyer Rating - 10 out of 10
Tania is a remarkable attorney. She has poured her all into her representation of her clients. Not only is she one of the best litigators I have ever encountered, she is also an amazing trademark and copyrights attorney. As a small business owner, she truly understands the importance of protecting the intellectual property of her clients. Tania actually teaches a trial advocacy course helping other lawyers become better trial advocates for their clients.
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Summary

The Williams Firm, P.A. is a small firm practice with a big firm mindset. My primary goal is to help my clients achieve their business goals in the most efficient manner. I help individuals and companies protect their most valuable asset, their brand. I create and implement strategies that protect your most valuable business assets, your trademarks and copyrights. I work for you and with you to provide experienced guidance throughout the entire registration process and am a skilled trial lawyer who can help you protect your brand through litigation.

While the entire trademark registration process can take a while (approximately 10-12 months), my goal is to conduct your trademark search within 2 business days of you retaining my office and file your application within 7 business days of receiving all the documents and information needed from you.

I charge reasonable flat fees that allow you to be in control of your budget and know your costs up front. I give each matter the attention and focus it deserves, while keeping my client’s goals at the forefront of every brand strategy. My goal is not to be good at everything; it is to be good at everything I do.

Let me know how I can help you achieve your goals today.

Practice Areas
  • Trademarks
  • Intellectual Property
  • Entertainment & Sports Law
Additional Practice Area
  • Copyright
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Reasonable flat fees for trademark and copyright registrations
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
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District of Columbia
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Florida
The Florida Bar
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Owner and Founding Attorney
The Williams Firm, P.A.
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Of Counsel
Wilson Elser
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Critical Skills Instructor and Adjunct Faculty
Shepard Broad Law Center, Nova Southeastern University
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Litigation Associate and Of Counsel
Liebler, Gonzalez and Portuondo
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Civil Litigation Associate
Bacalski, Ottoson & Dubé LLP
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Assistant State Attorney
Office of the State Attorney, Ninth Judicial Circuit
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Education
University of Miami
MBA (2012) | Certification in International Business
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Southwestern Law School
LL.M. (2006) | Media and Entertainment Law
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Nova Southeastern University
J.D. (2002)
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Honors: Cum Laude Nova Law Review Articles Editor Moot Court Honors Society
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University of Miami
B.A. (1999)
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Professional Associations
Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the Florida Bar
Chair Elect
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Palm Beach County Bar Association
Member
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District of Columbia Bar
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California State Bar
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The Florida Bar
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Speaking Engagements
Ethics in the Digital Age: Don’t Let Technology Be Your Crypto-nite
The Florida Bar Annual Convention
Film Finance
Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the Florida Bar
If You Make It “Porn,” Does That Make It A Parody? (Moderator)
Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the Florida Bar
Read Carefully! – Commonly Overlooked Provisions in SAG-AFTRA Agreements (Moderator)
Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the Florida Bar
Legal Issues in Live Entertainment III: So It’s My Fault? Current Issues in Sport and Entertainment Liability
ABA Forum on the Entertainment & Sports Industries
Legal Answers
34 Questions Answered

Q. can i use a comic book character for commercial use.
A: Characters may be protected by copyright or trademark. Oftentimes, trademark protection can outlast copyright protection and vice versa because they are dependent on different things. I would suggest enlisting the assistance of an IP attorney to make sure you’re not setting yourself up for an infringement claim later on. Please feel free to email me if I can be of assistance at tania.williams@williamsfirmpa.com.
Q. Do I own a copyright if someone else fixes my work in tangible form before I do, e.g. a dance or song I create?
A: Did you write down the steps to the choreography? If so, you may have fixed tangible expression already. If not, I would suggest putting it into a tangible fixed form as soon as possible and then registering it with the Copyright office. If I can assist you further, please feel free to email me at tania.williams@williamsfirmpa.com.
Q. What is your cost to renew our AXJ trademark?
A: I charge my clients flat fees so that they can have a predictable cost to protect their brand. Feel free to email me to discuss further because I would need a bit more information to provide you a fair and reasonable price. My email is tania.williams@williamsfirmpa.com.
Q. Would use a name like 'Madhatter Custom PC Mods' for a business, YouTube channel or Social Media name infringe on Disney
A: I would actually say it depends on what Disney has registered for their Alice in Wonderland characters. Also, Disney is VERY litigious and very aggressive about protecting their intellectual property, so even if it is ultimately decided that it doesn't infringe, it doesn't mean that they won't try to stop the use. As Robyn said, you should probably enlist the assistance of an IP attorney to help you determine if that is the best brand for your product. You want to set your brand up to be successful from the start so that all your time, energy and resources builds your goodwill and produces a benefit to you.
Q. What constitutes "use in commerce" in videogame development?
A: Filing an "intent to use" application allows you to preserve your "priority" while finishing development. Once development is finished and you've made the product available for purchase, you can then file a Statement of Use and convert the application to obtain the full registration. If you need further assistance, please feel free to email me at tania.williams@williamsfirmpa.com.
Q. Someone took a photo of my legal documents and sent them to someone else?
A: This is probably not a copyright issue because unless you created the legal documents it's not your original work. There may be a privacy issue or some other legal issue but not copyright.
Q. I have a brilliant software design; how do I protect myself so my company doesn't take it and cast me aside?
A: I am not a patent attorney but there may be a question as to whether the company already owns it even though they may not know about it. I see that you created it on your personal computer with non-company software, but did you create it on your personal time or on company time? Also, do you have an employment agreement that discusses who owns anything you develop during your time of employment? You definitely need to consult with an attorney to see what your options may be depending on your employment agreement or even the employee handbook. Also, if they do not already own it, a good attorney will be able to guide you through the negotiation process.
Q. How do I go about obtaining copyright permission for a parody photo that uses Shel Silverstein's "The Giving Tree"?
A: Usually the copyright page of the book will tell you who to contact for permissions. You may want to start with the publishing company as they usually get all permissions in the publishing agreement. If they don’t have the rights, they should be able to direct you to the right person.
Q. I bought an item on Amazon and sold it on eBay and now being sued by the rights owner who says he owns pictures on item
A: Unfortunately, copyright infringement is a strict liability tort. The fact that you didn’t know the person didn’t have permission means they would not be able to show willful infringement but it doesn’t mean there may not be an infringement action. I think $6,000 may be a bit opportunistic but calculating damages in a copyright infringement action depends on a few things including whether or not the work is registered. The location of the suit depends on whether or not they can get jurisdiction over you in California. I would suggest contacting an attorney if they continue to pursue the claim. If I can be of further assistance, feel free to email me at Tania.williams@williamsfirmpa.com.
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The Williams Firm, P.A.
224 Datura St
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
USA
Telephone: (561) 370-7396