Intellectual property (“IP”) includes any work or invention that is the result of creativity, such as a manuscript or a design. It refers to creations of the mind, and can include literary and artistic works, designs, symbols, names, images, systems, processes and other creations, which are used in commerce. Some of the most recognizable types of intellectual property are:
- Service marks
- Trade secrets
Although there are several ways to protect a business’ IP, the most common way is to file an application with a government agency, such as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, or enter into contracts that protect the business. The first step in the process is to understand the type of IP you have. Then, you must take the steps necessary to obtain the necessary registration, or have the property contracts prepared and executed. Finally, if another business or person is encroaching on your IP, you must defend your right to exclusive use by enforcing your rights in court. PCC business lawyers naturally help businesses protect their IP by registering with the US Patent and federal office, and defending their exclusive rights in court.
Our business lawyers can help you protect your intellectual property by filing the necessary applications for registration, and drafting the required contracts to protect your business’ rights. When someone encroaches on your intellectual property, we can enforce your rights by filing suit on your behalf and vigorously prosecute your claims.
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