Intellectual property can often be an individual's or company's most valuable asset. Assuring that these assets are protected from missappropriation, pirating, copying, or other forms of unathorized use is an important aspect of a businesses' long term plans, as well as an individual's creativity and ingenuity. The need to protect this kind of property has been recognized all around the globe. Many treaties and organizations are in place to help the extend the reach of this protection to many intellectual property right holders. Yet, even within the United States, the extent of protection still varies greatly depending on my factors, such as classification and registration. It is important then to identify the ultimate goals of a property right holder and understand the extent of your rights within the United States and abroad.
Protecting your intellectual property abroad can seem like a daunting task. While the implementation of international treaties such as TRIPs helps in determining the minimum amount of protection that might be given, there are still other concerns that should be addressed. In particular, recognition of certain intellectual property as "protectable" differs from country to country. Similarly, there may be other requirements that must be fulfilled in the foreign jurisdiction before protection is granted to the intellecctual property. FelceLaw can help you effectively and efficiently find the answers to these questions and concerns.
The differentiation between trademarks, copyright, and patents is often one that is confused by non-attorneys. In general, copyrights protect works of authorship and expression, trademarks protect names, logos, symbols, or other materials that are used to identify a brand, and patents protect inventions or scientific processes. The need, process, and effect of registration as well as the forms submitted to protect these forms of intellectual property differ greatly. After making this determination, intellectual property owners should be sure to talk to the appropriate lawyer. (An application for a patent requires a patent attorney)