A well rounded company knows the importance of investing in one of their most valuable assets..that being their intellectual property. Whether it be a patent, trademark, copyright, or a trade secret protection agreement, proper intellectual property protection can add value to this company asset.
Patent protection requires a filing with the US Patent & Trademark Office and gives the patent holder the right to exclude others from developing, making, or selling the patent holders invention, or a similar invention, utilizing concepts or designs protected under the patent. Most current patents typically enjoy protection for a period of twenty years.
A trademark is a word or symbol or a combination of the two that sets one company apart from their competition. Kalinoski Law Offices, P.C. is a trademark of my law firm utilized alone or in combination with the scales. Protection can be obtained from use of the mark in advertising and marketing, or from a filed trademark application, or by filing a notice of intent to use the trademark.
A copyright protects the work of an author and the authors expression of ideas. The content on my web site is protected by the copyright protection I obtained by authoring the text and attaching my name, the year, and the word Copyright or the copyright symbol to the web page.
And lastly, a trade secret is the information such as business how to, special formulas, secret recipes or secret ingredients. This protection requires a written agreement between companies and their employees or subcontractors to ensure this company information is properly protected from being disclosed to competitors and third parties.
It is important that your company take the steps necessary to protect these assets. If your intellectual property rights are being infringed upon, it is important that steps are taken to remedy the infringement to protect your property rights and their value.