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

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In a situation where different people could claim IP ownership, will USPTO copyright/trademark filin
I work with a business that recently set up a new LLC that was to be for a new website and related products and services. A software developer was engaged, although no documents at all were signed. The software developer set up a website and did some coding. A week later, things broke up and the software developer and the LLC decided not to work together after all. Now the software developer is claiming all of the company's IP, even though the claims are hogwash, except for maybe claims to code that the business doesn't care about. If the business files a trademark application for the product's name with the USPTO, and if the business also submits a screenshot of the site (and whatever other IP it can) in a copyright filing with the USPTO, will that help defend against the developer's claims of ownership? (The business wouldn't file anything about the developer's code, which it doesn't want.) Thanks.
Can a lawyer practicing law in California bring suit against someone in Colorado?
I have a dispute with someone over unpaid work. He has threatened to sue me over withholding said work (video presentations that I paid all productions costs for; media, camera, sound equipment, editing) on basis of it's his "intellectual property". We both live Colorado. All the work was done in Colorado. His lawyer is located in San Diego, CA. Does he need to get local representation to file suit against me?
Intallectual property query
Hi had a doubt regarding patents and also would like to know more about international patent
writing fitness article for magazine
The first article of a monthly column. Curious about how and/if I need to protect myself
Can we be forced to change our band name just because another band has a similar name?
I have been in this band for 2 years and have had no issue with this, an hour ago a band whose name is one letter off of ours messaged us and said we "need" to change our name. After this he claimed they would get their lawyer. Are they able to make us change our name because of this? Or should I just not worry about it?
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