“Intellectual Property” is a legal term that refers to creations of the mind: inventions; literary and artistic works; and symbols, names, and images used in commerce – and both businesses and nonprofits generate and possess intellectual property rights.

Intellectual property is typically divided into two categories:

  • Industrial Property includes Patents for inventions, Trademarks/Trade Secrets, business processes, industrial designs, and geographical indications.
  • Copyright covers literary works (such as novels, poems, and plays), films, music, artistic works (e.g., drawings, paintings, photographs, and sculptures) and architectural design. Rights related to copyright include those of performing artists in their performances, producers of phonograms in their recordings, and broadcasters in their radio and television programs.

Understanding how these rights are generated, and how best to protect them, is critically important for nonprofits and businesses alike.

Our attorneys can assist you in determining when it’s appropriate to file for protection with the United States Patent & Trademark Office and to file to register your copyright with the United States Copyright Office.

We can also help your enterprise respond to a notice, or cease and desist letter, received because someone else thinks you’re infringing on their trademark, copyright or patent.

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