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Intellectual property: Trademarks, patents and copyrights

The terminology intellectual property refers to a protection of any creation that an individual has been inspired to make. Intellectual property laws protect against someone, who didn't create that work, from taking it and financially benefiting from it as if it were his or her own. It's believed that by having intellectual property protections in place, it helps spawn both social and economic development of society.

There are ways to legally protect trade secrets

Trade secrets are different than trademarks and copyrights, and it's often a bit harder to protect them. For example, the formula that your company uses to make a cleaning product could be a trade secret. Your techniques for combining the different ingredients may also be a secret. Depending on the industry, secrets may also include certain patterns or processes.

Legislators petition for revocation of Havana Club trademark

A 25-member bipartisan delegation within the Florida Congress has called for the Trump administration to issue an executive revocation of a Cuban company's Havana Club registered trademark. Bicardi America, the American-owned company who bought the original rum recipe from Cuban exiles, maintains the shared names and trademark make it difficult to maintain brand equity.

Three legal tools that can help protect your intellectual property

Entrepreneurs with unique ideas or innovations are wise to take steps to protect their work. There are a number of methods available that can help to better ensure a competitor does not steal your ideas.

How people may try to rationalize stealing your online content

Information spreads quickly and easily on the Internet. That's one of the huge benefits of the web, but it can also be a serious problem. In some situations, your information or online content may get stolen and used to benefit someone else without your permission. People try to rationalize this move in a few different ways.

2 Florida breweries in trademark dispute

There are a lot of brewery option in Florida, which is great for those looking to try out microbrews, but it has led to some clashes between them. Right now, Due South Brewing and Big Storm Brewing are battling over the rights to a trademarked logo. The owner of Due South Brewing claims that his company's trademark has been infringed upon by Big Storm, which is using a very similar label.

Cheerleaders & diapers head to Supreme Court with IP cases

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has agreed to hear two cases that deal with intellectual property law issues. The first, Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands, involves cheerleader uniforms and the second, SCA Hygiene Products v. First Quality Baby Products, involves diapers.

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