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.
Event organizers here in South Florida often partner with local and national businesses who are sponsoring an event. Having these businesses' logos and other identifying images on your marketing material and around the event venue itself can help promote it. However, it's essential to get the appropriate clearances to avoid infringing on their intellectual property rights.
The purpose of a patent is to protect people who have invented or discovered something new and unique from having someone else take credit for it. Patents help ensure that people can't make money off of your discovery or invention without your authorization.
When Floridians start their own business, many learn all sorts of intellectual property terms they were previously only vaguely familiar with -- copyrights, patents, trademarks and fictitious names and trade secrets, for example. These can be crucial to establishing and protecting your unique identity in your field. Two terms that people often confuse with one another are trade names and trademarks.
You're starting your own business. Deciding on a name is one of the first crucial business decisions you'll make. However, you may have multiple names for your business for different purposes. It's essential to understand how these various types of names are used.
Intellectual property (IP) laws provide essential protections for entrepreneurs and businesses owners. They help them protect their unique ideas from theft by others, and therefore, help them protect the value of their business and their work.
You have a new business. You decided on a name. You've run a trademark search to make sure that it isn't already claimed. Now you have to select a domain name for your website. Just because the name of your business hasn't already been trademarked doesn't mean that it's not being used as a domain name by someone.