Intellectual Property Attorney
Intellectual property (IP) protections, or a lack of them, can sometimes be instrumental in the success or otherwise of a business.
In the same way that it is important to ensure that your most prized and important business assets are protected by one form or type of IP or another, it is equally important that you make sure that you or your business does not infringe on someone else’s registered IP.
Forms of IP that You Should Consider
The exact type of IP that you should register will often be determined by the type of asset or property that you are working with.
However, the more common forms of IP that exist, and that we can help you with include:
- Patent: This is a form of Intellectual Property wherein the holder of the IP right has the exclusive rights to an invention, product, process, or such, while also having the legal right to exclude others from using it.
- Trademark: A trademark, on the other hand, is another form of IP that is a unique or distinctive sign that is usually associated with and identifies a specific product, service, or brand, and which is exclusive to that product and must not be used by anyone else.One distinct feature of a trademark over a Patent is that trademarks can usually be applied to a class or set of services or products, instead of one.
- Copyright: Copyrights, unlike Patents and Trademarks, are only applicable to tangible or physical forms of creation and original works, such as music, software code, works of art, and the likes. Any copyrighted work will usually be denoted by the copyright site ©.
- Trade Secret: Trade secrets refer to the proprietary or secret information of of a business that it usually does not want anyone outside of the business to know about. The secrets might refer to things like strategies, formulas or proprietary systems.
The thing to know about IP is that in addition to serving to protect against the unauthorized use of a protected body of work, they can also serve to provide an opportunity to provide monetary value to the holder of any protected work by way of any number of monetization models such as a rights sale, licensing, franchising, and several others.
Contact us today to speak with our IP attorney to discuss your needs and how best we can help meet those needs.