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Tue 20 September 2016

Intellectual Property Law 101

Posted by Roosevelt Foxall in Simply Law   

When you're creating something, you need to make sure that your idea is original for you might be imitating a trademarked object. This goes the same in creating logos for your business. If you are an inventor, you need to make sure you protect your original creation and prevent others from claiming it. This is when Intellec tual Property Law makes sense and gives creative people the right to protect their original idea that they worked hard for.

Let's try to dig deeper into this law and learn about the basics.

What is intellectual property law? 

Intellectul property law particularly deals with protection of the rights of creators of original works. This basically covers just about everything such as original novels, plays, invention and company brands. The purpose of this law is to encourage the cultivation of new innovations, inventions and artistic expressions while having a positive impact on the economy. By this law, indivduals are more likely to develop new things with the assurance of being protected as the creator.

 

Copyrights

Copyrights can give exclusive rights to reproduce their work which generally falls under expressive arts. This also can give the owners the right to obtain financial gain from their work and prohibiting others from doing so.

 

Patents

Patents specifically protect inventions from being produced, used or sold by others for a certain period. 

  • Design Patents - protect the unique appearance of the manufactured product
  • Utility Patents - protect the invention that has a particular purpose.
  • Plant Patents - protect plant varieties that are reproduced asexually.

Inventors need to apply for a patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office. This can be a time consuming and complicated process. 

Trademarks

Trademarks protect the names and marks of companies and products. This also makes it easier for consumers to determine different products from each other. It's also assumed after a company uses a certain mark or symbol to identify itself.