Any number of items that took hours of time and effort to produce can have tangible value to their creator. Works of art, books, screenplays, computer chips, manufacturing processes and numerous other ideas or products can provide income to the creator for years. Protecting the rights to your creation is important.
Different areas of intellectual property law govern different the way that your rights to profit from your work are protected depending on the type of idea or product that is involved. There are laws that will protect literary, theatrical, musical and choreographed work; consumer product brands; devices, processes and machines; and business methods, information or processes. The laws fall under four categories::
An intellectual property attorney can help businesses and individuals obtain or license copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and patents. Intellectual property attorneys also can help stop the unauthorized use of your intellectual property and if necessary, help with any legal court proceedings to end infringement of copyrights, trademarks or patents.
Issues surrounding intellectual property cases can be complicated and the help of an experienced intellectual property attorney may be needed to protect and secure your intellectual property rights.
The music industry has educated its listening audience on the importance of copyrighted material due to digital piracy. But what value would a company pay for the rights to a fictional character? The answer may come from a company known for characters. In late August The Walt Disney Company announced its intention to purcha...
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