Intellectual Property - Phoenix & Mesa
Intellectual Property Attorney – Phoenix & Mesa
Types of Intellectual Property
There are four basic ways to protect your creative ideas using one of the four different types of IP (Intellectual Property) protection. Most creations start as innovative ideas, and these innovative ideas evolve into inventor’s trade secrets.
Familiarizing yourself with the types of intellectual property can help your business take advantage of your intellectual property rights. Many entrepreneurs do not know how to protect their inventions and ideas and do not know where to begin with the process, which is why they turn to intellectual property lawyers for help. Allow Accelerate IP to offer support to your business throughout this often confusing process.
Here are the four types of intellectual property protections that your business can use:
Copyrighting your creative work and website could protect your ideas from theft. Copyrighting creative works related to your company and products gives you exclusive rights to use them. This means people will need to contact you and secure your permission before using any of those ideas, and if they don’t, you have the right to file a claim against them.
Patents protect your innovative products from being copied and used. Intellectual property lawyers suggest that before you share any of your products or ideas, talk to intellectual property to know your options to protect them from illegal usage.
Trademarks are registered locally and nationally, and if you want to keep your intellectual property protected, you’ll need to renew your registered trademark at regular intervals.
Phoenix & Mesa Intellectual property lawyers recommend that you protect your business’s trade secrets at all costs. One way to do this is by keeping your employees on a need-to-know basis only with sensitive information and ensure that your client files and information are protected from outside threats.
Each of these types of intellectual property can be protected under various laws. If you’re curious about how exactly you can protect your intellectual property, speak with the lawyers and inventors at Accelerate IP.
Intellectual property covering copyrighted works generally refers to literary and artistic works, images, symbols, and names used for commercial purposes. This also covers literary works including plays, poems, and novels, music, artistic works such as photographs, paintings, drawings, sculptures, and architectural designs. Other rights related to copyright include radio and TV programs and performing artists in their various performances. They also include producers of phonograms and recordings.
Most products you find on your favorite department store’s shelves have trademarks associated with them. The words, phrases, or images on the packaging, the product itself, or the website could all be protected under Arizona or federal trademark or trade dress laws.
Industrial intellectual property generally includes patents for inventions and industrial designs.
IP rights are similar to other property rights because they allow the owners of the copyrighted works, patents, or trademarks to capitalize on their creations.
Benefits of Intellectual Property Rights
Intellectual property (IP) can be one of your business’s most valuable assets. Especially those businesses looking to expand or stay ahead of their competitors. It can be imperative for your business to protect these assets at all costs. Arizona intellectual property law and business law professionals feel it is important for your business to take advantage of the following intellectual property benefits:
- IP can be sold, licensed to others, or used as collateral for loans
- Protects your businesses name, logo, innovations, creative and intellectual research work, and trademarks
- Differentiates your business from your competitors
- Helps your business to brand, market, and promote its distinct advantages
- Allows your business to expand on its creative products and possibilities
- Prevents others from using, making, selling, or exporting your products or ideas without your permission
- Allows IP holders to collect royalties on their creative works
Intellectual Property Protection
Thanks to intellectual property law, several rules have been implemented to secure your creative ideas and establish business law. The regulations created by intellectual property provide legal rights for designs, inventions, and artistic works.
Intellectual property law secures exclusive control of all your intangible assets just as other property laws protect the ownership of your personal property or real estate. Business law used in tandem with intellectual property law helps to incentivize creatives to develop inventions that improve society as a whole. Intellectual property and business law also help ensure inventors can capitalize on their work without having it stolen by others.
Intellectual Property Theft
An intellectual property law firm in Arizona could help protect your creative endeavors from unauthorized usage. This unauthorized usage is called infringement. Business law clarifies intellectual property ownership and protects businesses by affording them certain legal benefits that allow an IP owner to prosecute an infringement case in court, although most are settled out of court.
Before battling out your creative disputes in federal courts, an IP law firm would advise speaking with your patent attorneys to decipher when litigation works in your best interests. Keep in mind that infringement court proceedings are not cheap, and that’s why the Arizona patent attorneys at Accelerate IP take litigation very seriously and will help you avoid these costly proceedings at all costs.
Intellectual Property Laws
The intellectual property laws are composed of the different rights allowed to property owners. However, the law that protects IP is distinct and different from those laws that cover tangible property.
When it comes to your possessions, there’s a saying that possession is nine-tenths of the law. While that axiom generally applies, IP laws work differently. IP laws allow the public to benefit from innovations and creative works while still incentivizing creatives to create and release their works. Creatives can then profit from these ideas through their exclusive usages. Congress has the power to regulate patents & copyrights from the Constitution’s Intellectual Property Clause.
Copyrights and patents are governed exclusively by federal law. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) monitors and regulates all federally registered trademarks and patents, and the United States Copyright Office registers copyrighted works. Ownership of a copyright arises automatically when your creative work is reduced to tangible form, but if your business wants to enforce its copyrights, then it will have to be registered with the United States Copyright Office. Trademarks are governed by federal law under the Lanham Act, and when people talk about registering a trademark, they are typically referring to the federal register. Trade secrets are governed federally under the Defend Trade Secrets Act. However, trademarks can also be registered in Arizona and both trademarks and trade secrets may be regulated by Arizona law such as laws on unfair competition and unfair trade practices.
Phoenix & Mesa Arizona Intellectual Property Lawyers
If you are experiencing legal issues due to an intellectual property dispute and require legal services, then contact Accelerate IP. We are a law firm dedicated to providing legal services for businesses and individuals, and our patent attorneys can provide intellectual property, business law, and estate planning.
The USPTO understands how important copyrights, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets can be for business, and that’s why they recommend securing the legal services of an attorney before you begin to share your creative ideas with others. Our intellectual property practice is dedicated to supporting businesses through each step of the process.