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
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?
Can I sell images from the internet in printed format?
I want to create a company that produces physical books made from images found on the internet. Would it be a grey area to sell these books considering the images may or may not be "free". This being said, taking into considering that "sharing" and "pinning" images nets indirect profit, but is accepted on the internet.
If someone has already trademarked a word in a food category for a tea under class ic 005 and ic 030
I don't know what category dietary supplements would fall under.
Could I make pastry with brand names designs on it
I would like to know if I could make and sell pastries with brand names on it, such as Chanel or Gucci. The cakes are made from scratch and the brand names also are done by me from pastry,with unique designs.
Possible Trademark Violation
I am the owner of a trademark. I have noticed several companies that are using my trademark for products. The name is used the same way, and the industry is similar to my industry. I can provide you information with regards to my trademark, and those that I think are infringing.
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