Intellectual Property



Intellectual property law protects the creative works of authors, composers, designers, and inventors from being pirated. There are four basic categories of intellectual property: copyrights, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. Generally, each category is used with different types of material and affords different protections. Copyrights protect original works of authorship from the moment they are created and fixed in a tangible form. Patents protect new and useful machines, articles, substances, or processes through exclusive rights granted by the federal government to their inventors. Trademarks protect identifying marks that distinguish goods or services, such as names, logos, designs, emblems, and distinctive sounds and smells. Trade secrets protect confidential business information or "proprietary information," such as business plans, chemical formulas, and customer lists.

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Legal articles focusing on Intellectual Property Law
Protect Your Business' Intellectual Property
Intellectual property isn't tangible. Although it's not typically something that you can hold in your hands, it belongs to your business just the same. It's as real as any piece of equipment. A variety of laws protect it against theft by other businesses or individuals.
The Patent Process
Patents give inventors the exclusive right to use, make, and sell their inventions, such as new machines and processes. During National Inventors Month, it's a good time to learn how you can protect your ideas for a new product or machine through the patent process.
Licensing Agreements
In business, a written license agreement is essential to enforce your rights. A license is really nothing more than a contractual right that gives someone permission to do a certain activity or to use certain property that is owned by someone else.
Intellectual Property: Selecting a Good Lawyer
Entertainment and intellectual property law cover a very broad spectrum of legal issues involving contracts, patents, trademarks, copyrights and more. The level of expertise of lawyers specializing in these areas can vary from generalists in the field to experts in sub-specialties that may range fro

Ask a Lawyer - Intellectual Property Law questions answered by leading lawyers
In NYS is it illegal to parody an animated film character image?
The film was released in 1968. The character is already an allegorical representation of a certain type of people in the world.The addition of certain items to the existing image creates a funny expression about a (now relatively) current affair, as part of a larger design. No financial gain. No desire to be arrested for wearing the original t-shirt on which the design would appear (or otherwise using it) on the premise that I was breaking the law.
Is diclosing Email messages of another party illegal ?
I have been exchanging emails with a friend of mine over a certain topic and it came to my knowledge that he means to publish my emails and use them as arguments. Don't i have a say in all of this ?
I received a letter from Johnson and Pham LLP, what should i do?
On July 10th I received a certified letter from the US customs and border protection regarding of seizure notification for counterfeit merchandising. Apparently, there were 52units of fitness products of Focus T25. However i didn't order anything whatsoever of that nature. by the way, They held the package and was never signed tho. But it has my full name and address. So I called the custom penalty fees department for advice and was told to do a handwriting petition letter explaining what happened then send it back along with a check mark option stating to abandon the property, so i did. But few days later i received a regular first class letter from the law firm "Johnson and Pham llp" attorneys basically demanding me for trademark, copyright infringement, false designation of origin, trademark dilution and unfair business practices. Also want me to send them a check for $15000 for the complaint damages. What are my option at this point? Thank
The question pertains to copyright.
Sarah, Jim's 6 year old daughter, is a very prolific, if moderately talented artist. Still, Jim loves Sarah's pictures out of parental pride and affection. Consequently he is shocked when during a visit to a greeting card store in a local mall Sarah exclaims: "Daddy, that's my picture." Sure enough, one of Sarah's pictures graces the cover of a series of cards produced by Kidsart Inc. being sold in the store. Jim believes that if anyone should be profiting from Sarah's works, it should be Sarah and her family, not Kidsart Inc. Does he have a case? No, because a child cannot own property. No, because there is insufficient skill and judgment shown in the work for there to be copyright protection in it. Yes, because as creator of the picture, Sarah owns the copyright in it. No, because a child is not a "creator" within the meaning of the Copyright Act. Yes, but in the tort of conversion, not under copyright law.
Can I own the rights to a business proposal?
I am writing a business proposal for a real estate company where the company's sole financial gain is contingent on the proposal. Do I need a copyright license agreement or can I use an agreement I drafted myself with the terms and conditions I specified?
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Intellectual Property Lawyer Web Sites
 
 -  Mississippi Law - Cumbest, Cumbest, Hunter & Mccormick, P.A.
 -  Maui County Law - Tateishi & Pascual, Attorneys A Law Corporation
 -  Salem Attorneys - Harris, Wyatt & Amala, LLC
 -  Tampa Lawsuit - Westchase Law P.A.
 -  New York Attorney - Barasch Mcgarry Salzman & Penson PC
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