You can take all available legal steps to help prevent the theft of your intellectual property, including requiring employees, vendors and clients to sign nondisclosure agreements (NDAs). You can limit access to those required to have it. However, these days, your biggest intellectual property theft threat may come from hackers.
Your grade school teachers were right when they said that punctuation matters -- at least if you're applying for a trademark. One young woman learned that the hard way after her trademark application for a make-up kit was rejected last month by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
If you're starting a new business or if you've invented or created something, an integral part of your intellectual property (IP) strategy may involve provisional patent applications (PPAs). Some experts recommend filing multiple PPAs.
Can a copyright owner recover money in civil court for an infringement to that copyright even if that infringement occurred before they register it with the Copyright Office? After they register it, can they seek recovery for infringement prior to the registration?
Intellectual property can include almost any kind of creation, from artistic works to designs, symbols or names used in commerce. Your intellectual property is protected by law through patents, copyrights or trademarks, depending on the kind of intellectual property you've created.
It's always important to take steps to protect your intellectual property. When you create a new invention, the last thing you want is for someone else to steal your idea and reap the benefits of your hard work.
Intellectual property is any invention or work that is a result of a creative mind. For example, if you write a comic book, that story and the imagery you've created is your intellectual property.
Research and development are an important part of a business's work. During research and development phases, new medications, products and even foods are created for consumers. R&D has the potential to set up a company for success, but if the intellectual property isn't protected well, it could be exposed and cause unnecessary risk to the company.
A picture of a bathing beauty has led to a federal lawsuit that alleges trademark infringement.
Fans of the Jacksonville Jaguars know the term "Sacksonville." It originated last season when the team's defensive line had 10 sacks during its first game. The Jaguars went on to have more sacks than all but one other team in the league during the season.