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
Hello, I would like to know if and where I can find a property damage release of liability waiver th
I am looking to begin doing tune-ups and repairs for computers in my neighborhood and would like to not be held responsible for any problems that may occur.
Can a commercial site use an Instagram photo without the model's approval?
Our photographer posted one of my and my then fiancee's engagement photos on Instagram and tagged it with #anthropologie, since I was wearing an Anthropologie dress. I now found it as one of pictures shown on the shopping page for the dress. The contract I signed with the photographer states that he has copyright over all his photos, but that they'll only be used for his personal promotion. This is clearly used for advertising and nobody contacted us to ask if we're ok with the picture being used, although it was clearly manually picked to show up on the page of that exact dress. We actually even asked our photographer to not release the pictures to any magazines or for any kind of advertising or promotions. Are there any legal issues here or am I just making them up?
If I purchase an art print from a retailer/wholesaler can I modify the print and sell it commercial
I want to purchase art prints and use them as a background for craft projects and resell. I am not attempting to sell the print as my own work, nor will I be reproducing the print
Can I sue for an image I own that has been stolen and is being used on tons of websites? Or have it
My wife posted a picture of my child onto facebook and http://mommyshorts.com/ for a contest. The picture of my child is now being used on tons of websites/blogs in articles. It seems these sites are trying to make money off an image they do not own. Can I sue or force these websites to remove the image? http://mommyshorts.com/legal Here it seems to read that material cannot be used for commercial purposes on 3rd party sites. Im pretty sure facebook images cannot be used on 3rd party sites either for commercial purposes...however I believe facebook has the right to use images for adds which is not the issue. This link shows how many tons of sites are using this image: http://bit.ly/11abs0D
Is showing pornography to minors in a privately owned internet domain illegal?
My friends and I own a server for a game called Garrys Mod. It is a hosted server that many players can join and play. When players break the rules or misbehaves we kick them out of the game. Recently, the person who codes for us made it so when a person gets kicked they see a website called www.meatspin.com which includes a spinning penis. We were told that this was illegal, as it is against the law to show pornography to minors. My argument was that the code written by our coder was his intellectual property and falls under the First Amendment protections. Am I wrong? Is it illegal for us to do this?
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Intellectual Property Lawyer Web Sites
 
 -  New York Law - Sepe & O'mahony, PLLC
 -  Maui County Attorney - Tateishi & Pascual, Attorneys A Law Corporation
 -  Harford County Law - Stark And Keenan A Professional Association
 -  Santa Barbara Lawsuit - Crane Flores, LLP Attorneys At Law
 -  Salem Attorneys - Harris, Wyatt & Amala, LLC
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