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

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I Have some quesions about comic book rights
im looking foward soon to registrate my comic books ,what are the steps that i need to follow in order to registrate the brand and work, the trademark names,logos ,design,how much will i need to pay to do so ,ect 2question if an unknown artist for an example name is "the zac man" and i want to put my superhero name "zac man "can i get in trouble???, since i dont know if theres any confusion in the trademark name from a unknown artist and a comic superhero the thing is for example, "sting" the wrestler and "sting" the artist have the same trademark name but since they are from different areas, theres no confusion on that, in other words i dont know if that case apply st o me another question is if i use the name of a movie ex. "the cure or the vision," as a group of people that take place in a comic, for example that work for the nasa , can i get in trouble too? i do not know since these names has a diffrent meaning and roles in the movie and the comic so i do not know if its ok
Can I copyright my software?
I developed software that acts as an interface to a 3rd party software. The program I developed does not contain any code from said 3rd party software. It was developed using a confidential manual acquired through my current employer. With out said 3rd party software, my program does not do anything.
Can I use a NCAA coaches name on a tee shirt without licensing?
I would like to print some college tee shirts with no logos on them. Only words which would include a popular coaches first name and the tee shirt will be the teams color. Can i do that without permission or licensing?
Is my license agreement valid?
I have a license agreement with a company that did not renew thier business lisense in the state of nevade.They are still doing business. Is my license agreement valid?
Filing a trademark for a brand under a general name
Hello, I have done a little research but cannot find the answer to a branding question that I have in regard to filing and obtaining a registered trademark for a specific name. For all non-disclosure purposes let's refer to the name of the brand as "Plaid", a name representing a somewhat specific design/type of material. Let's assume in theory that this was an unregistered name under the category for clothing/retail, would it be possible to get approval for this trade name/brand "Plaid" with a corresponding unique logo, or would this be throw out immediately due to the general use of the word. Legally speaking if it were possible what would have to be done to ensure approval, are there any unique things I should know on how to file, etc. Thank you for your help, Jay
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Intellectual Property Lawyer Web Sites
 -  California Intellectual Property Lawyer - Fergus, A Law Office
 -  Mississippi Law - Cumbest, Cumbest, Hunter & Mccormick, P.A.
 -  Maui County Law - Tateishi & Pascual, Attorneys A Law Corporation
 -  Washington Attorney - Jack H. Olender & Associates, P.C.
 -  Baltimore Attorney - Leviness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A.
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