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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How much control can I retain by licensing intellectual property? Can I require training to ensure q
I'm an expert in my field, and I offer (under my single member LLC) proprietary workshops and seminars. I'd like to license other speakers to present my workshops. I want to have a certain level of control over the integrity of my brand and quality control, so I want to require licensees to attend (and pay for) training, but I want to be careful that the licensees not be classified as employees. How much control can an I as an IP licensor have over the terms of a license? Can I require training? If not, can I incentivize training by offering discounted royalties fees to those who attend training? How can I make sure those who are presenting my IP are doing so with skill and integrity without entering an employer/employee relationship?
Can a company sue me for a domain name and win if it has their trademarked word in it?
The company that's suing me is trademarked as Company. They provide advice on financial, health, economics, politics, etc topics via e-newsletters. Their website is companysomething.com. My company is trademarked as Company XYZ and it's an online store selling investment-grade products at companyxyz.com. They are suing me because they claim that what my online store is too close to what they do, and that there is confusion. They want me to cancel the trademark, and transfer the ownership of companyxyz.com domain name to them. I have recently changed the name of the business and got a new domain name which my old website companyxyz.com currently redirects to. Can they have the companyxyz.com domain name transferred to them via a court ruling? They are in MD, I am in WY.
Do U.S patents apply to products created in Canada?
I have created a product and have now learned there is a "patent pending" on a similar product in the U.S. There is no Canadian/International patent. Where or how can I sell my product without infringing? Can i sell online? Can I sell through U.S. distribution channels and dropship from Canada?
I own a small company and had a logo made by a graphic designer. I have been contacted recently sugg
There are some similarities in a portion of the design but also additions and changes. The graphic artist I used continues to say he used various inspiration and hand drew the image. The individual is requesting either a royalty or I cease and desist (via an email) selling the branded product and send all branded items to him. I did research and find that the small portion has been copy written. Please advise the best pathway to proceed.
How do I Copywrite or License a quote/phrase?
I used a quote of mine - as our team slogan and logo, now other teams and companies have started using it.
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