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
Need to understand the licensing issues around 3D prinitng one off, individually requisitioned, trad
We own a company that produces 3D printed cremation urns. A client reached out to us and has requested that we make one, custom rendering of his favorite NASCAR
Do you deal with a plagiarism issue (theft of published research and republishing it in journal) who
A guy and two of his colleagues stole at least two of my published papers (almost in the form of "Copy and Paste") which were republished in a journal published by a university and hosted by a well known with an international reputation and a good name. The damage has already been done, as the plagiarized paper has been published in the concerned journal on the Internet, which has caused me a great deal of distress. In this case, am I entitled for financial compensation as a result of the theft of my intellectual property, and the damage due. P.S.: Please note I am residing outside the USA. However, I filled in below "CA, because this field is required. Many thanks in advance for your kind cooperation, looking forward to hearing from you. Kind regards. ---- Hilmi Dr. Hilmi S. Salem
about "proof of existence"
I have more than a hundred Gigabytes of digital files on my computer (mostly engineering drawings). If I have to present these in a court years from now, how can I prove that these files existed years ago? My approach is to store these files on a flash drive, seal this drive in a paper "evidence bag" and date it and sign it in presence of a notary. Will this constitute a required "proof of existence" of these pictures on the date I have signed it, when presented to court? I would appreciate a direct "yes or no" answer so that I do not have dig into it to make my own interpretation of law. - If yes, please, show me the references to cases in court or internet when such a proof of existence was accepted. - If, no, please, tell me what specific methods exists in order to accomplish my goal -- undeniable proof of existence.
I was contracted to make t shirts for a sports team at school. They bought the shirts from me, but n
This has happened numerous times. representatives (coaches) of teams at colleges (schools/clubs) ask me for a mock up design and a quote and take my design that was not paid for elsewhere to be printed. How do I protect myself from reps taking my work?
Can a math equation be copyrighted
Since US copyright law says you can't claim copyright for derived material based on per-existing works and ALL math can be derived from first principles math existing for centuries, can a math equation really be copyrighted?
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Intellectual Property Lawyer Web Sites
 -  New Jersey Intellectual Property Lawyer - Benjamin Appelbaum Attorney At Law
 -  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.
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