What Is Intellectual Property?
According to the Legal Information Institute, intellectual property is “any product of the human intellect that the law protects from unauthorized use by others.” In the United States, intellectual property is protected by patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets each of which applies to specific types of intellectual property and grants legal ownership of the property for a set period of time. The first step towards protecting your unique intellectual property and Tucson, AZ business is to determine the nature of the property, and therefore the type of protection you should apply for.
Patents are granted to protect inventions from reproduction by unauthorized entities. These protections are further subdivided into three distinct parts: utility patents, design patents, and plant patents. Depending on the type of invention you have created, you will need to go through the specific application process and, upon approval, will have a certain period of years during which you will have complete control over who uses your patent.
You can incorporate your invention into your own business, or may choose to license or transfer the patent to a different business, among many other legal options that an intellectual property attorney at our law firm in Tucson, AZ can help you understand.
Trademarks are specific “marks” that are used to identify your business, such as a logo, slogan, or even a specific color palette. These marks require protection so that competitors, or even businesses in entirely different industries, do not use your easily recognizable marks with their own products, which can confuse consumers and will ultimately devalue your own brand.
When you register a trademark with the US Patent and Trademark Office, your business will be afforded the full protections under US intellectual property law, meaning that you will be able to use these identifiers freely and will be able to compel others to cease and desist the unauthorized use of your marks for their own products or services. If you are dealing with another business or individual using your trademark without your authorization currently, working with a lawyer in Tucson, AZ is one of the best ways to address this issue now.
Copyrights are legal protections for original art such as writing, films, photos, painting, drawings, songs, and more. Like trademarks and patents, copyrights give the owner legal protections by barring others from unlicensed reproduction of the copyrighted work, whether for personal or business use. Working with our Arizona law firm is one of the best ways to ensure that you take the necessary steps to protect your creative works, and our attorneys are ready to help you along this process today.
In the event that you have discovered the unauthorized use of your copyrights, contact our law firm to speak with an intellectual property attorney in Tucson, AZ, today about the possible next steps to take.
The Importance of Protecting Your Intellectual Property
When you come up with a new idea, design, utility, artistic works, or anything else that you have created, it is important to work with an Arizona lawyer to protect this property from being reproduced or leveraged for other business interests without your express authorization. If you plan to expose your intellectual property to the public, especially for business purposes, it is important that you take the necessary steps to ensure that you are the sole owner of this property. You will be able to license your work, use it for your own business, and more, but failure to protect your intellectual property can lead to legal issues that are far more complicated than registering or applying.
Working with a lawyer is one of the easiest ways to protect your business interests, and the attorneys at HPS Law Group are here to help. Contact us as soon as possible to determine the next steps and how we can help you move forward with using your protected intellectual property as effectively as possible, whether to build your own business around it, or to work with others. Regardless of your plans, our attorneys are here to help today.