What is Intellectual Property Law?

Does My Startup Have Intellectual Property?  November 21, 2010 – 09:26 pm
What is Intellectual Property

Recently, I went to a meeting of fledgling entrepreneurs.  I introduced myself as an intellectual property attorney.  One of the new CEOs responded, “Oh, you must be very helpful to companies who have intellectual property.”

“Well, actually, most companies have intellectual property, ” I responded.  “Many companies, however, don’t consider IP protection until they need it.”

Have you ever wondered:

Does my startup have any intellectual property that can be legally protected?

Here are the most common areas where most companies have some form of IP protection.

Trademark law

Many companies have brands that may be protected by trademark law.   Brands distinguish your products from competitors and can be your company’s ambassadors of good will.

When a company sells goods or services under a brand name that is not generic or merely descriptive, some state common law rights may arise.

Federal trademark registration can result in stronger protection nationwide.  See the related post.

Copyright Law

Federal copyright law may protect software, marketing materials, logos, website content, photographs, articles, presentations, videos, and music.  These rights arise automatically when the original work is created (and fixed in a tangible medium).  Federal copyright registration has important benefits.

Source: IP Law For Startups

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