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 my former employer continue to use the programs I wrote after I'm gone?
I worked for a manufacturing company, through a staffing agency, running a machine and drawing CAD files. I was laid off yesterday. When I went to collect my belongings I was informed that they had broken into my personal laptop, which I used to write the programs, to "get our files off of your computer". They had done this the previous day, while I was out sick, before they let me know that I had been laid off. They deleted all of "their" files from my laptop,which included CAD files that I had personally created from scratch, and some personal files that I had on there as well. I wrote most of the programs on my own laptop using my own camera and measuring equipment due to the fact that most of theirs was sub par and nearly unusable on most projects. Is there any recourse that I can take?
is it necessary to have a lawyer for an ip when dealing with a well known invention company
I have an idea that may be marketed. I have not signed any contract yet. What serious issues are common in order to protect yourself?
can i copy this item and sell it
Hi, Is it illegal to make a copy of this functional item and put my own company name on it and sell it. It seems like a simplistic functional item. Please see link below Thank You
Can I be taken to court for copyrights infringement on selling generic items on ebay?
I got a letter a law firm 'Kilpatrick Townsend' who claims to represent Apple inc. They claim that I am infringing on Apple by selling "USB wall power adapter" on my ebay store. All items I sell is clearly marked as unbranded/generic and states it's not endorsed by Apple. Should I response to their letter? Can they legally sue on this claim? How should I response?
Domain Name - Trademark Question
Hello, I have been developing a concept for a website for a long time, and recently decided to purchase the domain for it. Unforuntately, the domain name i ideally wanted was already taken, however the site of that ideal domain was not ostensibly in use, and it only directed to an ad page. Therefore I decided to add a hyphen to separate some words in the domain. Now that I'm all established with the site online and trying to promote it publicly, I discovered through Social Media that the owner of that ideally named site is now attempting to begin using their site with the same name. I had contacted the site questioning if they were willing to sell the domain. It was not clear that they were planning on using the site as it was not working. Do I have the ability to claim that the trademark is mine? Can I file for a trademark if I was first to put my site online, and they tried starting it up after, even though they owned the domain before me?
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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
 -  Maui County Attorney - Yanagida & Associates
 -  Washington Litigation - Jack H. Olender & Associates, P.C.
 -  Baltimore Law - Leviness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A.
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