If you own the rights to a product or procedure, no one else has the right to sell the product or use the procedure without your express written permission. However, every day, someone illegally uses a procedure or sells a product without the original maker's permission. This is an infringement on intellectual property rights, and we can help you retain your rights, if this ever happens to you.
Here are a few examples of different types of intellectual property that can be protected:
Copyright – If you write a book, poem, song, or even a recipe, you own the rights to those items. A registered copyright means no one can use these items without your express written consent, and if you so desire, without a fee. Anyone who does not get your permission is guilty of copyright infringement.
Trademark – If you have a logo or catchphrase that is attached to your business, then you have a trademark. No one can use this without your permission or paying a licensing fee to use it.
Patent – If you invented a product, and you applied for and received a patent, (or even if it is in “patent-pending” status), no one else can duplicate the product.
Infringement – The act where someone uses a product or procedure that they did not invent or create, but pass it off as their own invention or creation.
If you have been the victim of intellectual property infringement, contact us and we can help you.