Trademarks, Patents, and Copyrights – What’s What?

March 10, 2017 – When starting a business, inventing a new product, or forming a public brand, your intellectual property is a major part of what makes your project ‘yours.’ This makes intellectual property (IP) law extremely important for new businesses, large corporations, and individuals alike. IP law helps these groups protect inventions and other intellectual property, like pharmaceuticals or ‘brand names,’ from unauthorized use.

There are many different categories of ‘things’ that constitute intellectual property. If you are forming a new business, setting up a blog, creating content on video sharing site like YouTube, or are inventing a new product, there are many different ways to protect your ideas and creations through IP law. A few of these examples are

  1. Trademarks, which allow you to register for exclusive use of ideas such as a business name, phrase, or symbol/logo
  2. Patents, which can be registered on inventions, pharmaceuticals, and procedures relating to the creation of many types of products
  3. Copyrights, which allow you to protect original content such as writings, film creation, music, computer programs, and other content of an ‘original’ nature

While these laws and protections are in place and apply to everyone, it is important to understand what types of ideas you can protect, as well as understand the methods you can pursue to protect your work that is being unlawfully used. Having an attorney who works in IP law can help explain exactly what protections your type of content is afforded, how you can go about making a claim of infringement, and help you make sure you are not infringing on someone else’s intellectual property. If you would like to speak to an experienced attorney who can help you make sure you are properly protected from infringement and infringement claims against you, please contact us today at 617-742-0625 or fill out our online form here.