The first step to any great business is a great idea. However, sometimes others will try and capitalize on that idea and take advantage of your hard work and creativity.
Intellectual Property is the law covers the general areas of Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights and Trade Design which aim to protect those who have an original idea. Your ideas have value, and those ideas should be protected.
A patent protects inventions or discoveries.
A Copyright protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture.
A Trademark protects words, phrases, symbols, or designs identifying the source of the goods or services of one party and distinguishing them from those of others.
This is not an exhaustive list of all the different types of intellectual property but covers the most common types you will encounter.
All intellectual property is governed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USTPO) and the first step is to file an application for your Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights. As with any Government Agency these applications require a level of expertise to ensure that your application is accepted the first time. It is always best to have a professional assist you in this process.
At the Scafide Law Firm we have years of experience not only applying for these applications but also helping our clients defend their rights when they are infringed upon. We zelously advocate to ensure that our clients intellectual property is protected the same way we would protect your real or personal property.
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