When people think of property, they think of something like real or personal property. However, intellectual property has legal rights even when it’s in an intangible form. The three main types of intellectual property are trademarks, patents, and copyrights. Each of these has different laws that protect different types of work. Our legal team at the Law Offices of Dorian Cartwright can help you to understand the filing process for all types of intellectual property.
Copyrights are a form of protection for original works of authorship that are fixed. This can be music, a poem, a sculpture, a computer program, or even a movie, to name a few examples. The Copyright Act of 1976 grants a number of exclusive rights to a copyright owner. This includes the exclusive right to reproduce work, an exclusive right to distribute work, and the exclusive right to display or perform the work.
A trademark is a name, phrase, logo, or word that identifies a product or service and helps distinguish it from competitors. Trademarks are registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Trademark law helps to prevent confusion for consumers by allowing the trademark owner to sue any person who infringes on the trademark.
What is a patent?
A patent is a grant to an investor that allows the inventor to monopolize the use, sale, manufacturer, or importation of the invention. A patent allows an inventor to keep others from making commercial use of their ideas.
Call to Schedule a Consultation With a California Intellectual Property Attorney Today
If you want to learn more about intellectual property and the laws associated with them, call to schedule a consultation with a California attorney today. Our legal team at the Law Offices of Dorian Cartwright is here to help you choose the protection that best serves you. We serve the cities of San Jose, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Santa Clara, San Francisco, and the surrounding communities. Schedule an appointment to learn more by calling us at 1-800-810-8030 and let us answer your questions about intellectual property.