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.

Find an Intellectual Property attorney in your area.


Select from The Following Topics
 
Do-it-Yourself Legal Forms
-  Copyright Registration-  Trademark Cease and Desist
-  Provisional Patent Application-  Trademark Registration
-  Release and Authorization to Use Voice and/or Likeness
 
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
Creating a Batman Ring, Who Do I Talk To?
My wife and I have been married for 5 years and i'm trying to do something special for hanging by my side through all my military bull-crap. She's really into Batman and I created a custom ring design that implements the Batman Begins symbol which I believe is copyrighted by Warner Bros. I want to have Zales create the ring but obviously they cannot touch it until I get approval from whoever owns the symbol. I've tried talking to both DC comics and Warner Bros but neither have responded. I am not reselling, producing for profit, etc. I just want to make a awesome and personal feel wedding ring that she would love. I need to know who and how to get rights to make this 1 ring; if at all possible.
What is the statute of limitations on suing someone for plagurizing? They put some of my material in
The book was written in 2008, could I still file a lawsuit if I wanted to?
Can I use footage (film) my husband shot?
Hi, I was making a documentary with my husband, but once we finished we got divorced. He took everything and I was supposed to keep the footage. He then changed his mind and threaten he's gonna sue me if I use the footage for anything. Is it fair to assume that being in front of the camera he already agreed to be part of the documentary? Can I use the footage 1) he's in 2) he's not in, only I'm in, but he shot 3) I shot myself during the trip What's the worst that can happen if I move on with release the movie? Thanks,
What business arrangement/relationship is best for us?
My small unfunded start-up innovation company, N.F, wants to promote/develop, directly or through strategic partner(s), an independent Polish inventor's technology IP We need to start talks reg which business arrangement/relationship can be formed. Which is best for N.F.? What is the typical value position [reward/compensation] each can expect? We invited a strategic partner, Ricardo, to the funding opportunity with the Navy and we are providing the IP, some of which is patented, pending but most is unsecured. Ricardo will do the R&D and be paid from the Navy grant with N.F. playing a minor/advisory role. What might Ricardo Engineering want in this venture? What is the typical value position the strategic partner will expect?
Am I liable for any illegal activity resulting from a hacked email account?
No one in my address book has responded to the request for funds mentioned in the fraudulent email in my name, but if someone were to do so, can I possibly be held accountable? Wouldn't an in depth search reveal that the emails did not in fact originate from my IP address?
view more...

Intellectual Property Lawyer Web Sites
 
 -  Mississippi Law - Cumbest, Cumbest, Hunter & Mccormick, P.A.
 -  Maui County Law - Tateishi & Pascual, Attorneys A Law Corporation
 -  Salem Lawyer - Harris, Wyatt & Amala, LLC
 -  Tampa Attorneys - Westchase Law P.A.
 -  New York Attorney - Barasch Mcgarry Salzman & Penson PC
State *
City
Attorney's Fee Calculator
Area of law


Your Location
E.g. "City, State" or Zip

Attorney's Fee Calculator

Close