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
Would it be a liability to use a cartoon character in the name of a small business?
My friend and I have been planning on creating a bakery that is focused on creating video game themed cakes and cupcakes, and we planned on the name to be Koopa Cakes, which is the name of a turtle-like enemy in the Mario Bros series owned by Nintendo. Could we be sued if we used this name?
When do I need a photo release?
I am a photographer who has a photo taken at a private resort. A company has approached me to use this image on their web site. Since this is not being used for editorial purposes I feel that I need to get a photo release from the owners of the resort. Am I correct?
If in my contract with Verizon says that the info on my phone will stay private how can Facebook be
Facebook terms and conditions and cell phone contracts
Is unpaid work my property, or the property of my client?
I am a freelance writer, and submitted articles to a client for which I have not been paid. Am I entitled to sell these articles to other clients, since the original client has not met their end of the deal?
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
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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
 -  Salem Lawyer - Harris, Wyatt & Amala, LLC
 -  Tampa Attorneys - Westchase Law P.A.
 -  New York Attorney - Barasch Mcgarry Salzman & Penson PC
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