What is Intellectual Property? Intellectual property is an area of law that focuses on protecting the rights of those who create original works like company identification marks and expressive arts. Intellectual property encompasses two types of rights: industrial property rights – such as trademarks – and copyright.
According to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), “A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol, and/or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others.” In other words, a trademark is a word and/or design, which consumers recognize as your brand in commerce.
According to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), “A copyright protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture.” This means that, as the author of the work, you alone have to right to do or prevent others from doing any of the following:
- making copies of your work;
- distributing copies of your work;
- performing your work publicly;
- displaying your work publicly; and
- preparing derivative works of your work
Most, who contemplate on protecting their intellectual property, frequently have questions or concerns such as:
- What can you Trademark or Copyright?
- What is class in Trademark?
- How long does a Trademark protection last?
- How long does a Copyright protection last?
- How does Trademarks work?
- How does Copyrights work?
- Should you register your Trademark?
- Should you register your Copyright?
Because intellectual property is a complex area of the law and every case is different, you should contact legal counsel to discuss any questions that you may have regarding your particular situation.
Call us today to speak with an intellectual property attorney. Our legal team is ready to help protect your creativity and hard work.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY SERVICES
- Management of Intellectual Property Portfolios
- Trademark Registration and Protection
- Copyright Registration and Protection
- Trade Secrets Protection and Disputes
- Domain Name Registration and Disputes
- Intellectual Property Transactions
- Licensing Agreements (Drafting, Reviewing and/or Negotiating)
- Intellectual Property Litigation