The use and protection of intellectual property is a key element of our nation’s economy. Patents, trademarks, trade dress, trade secrets, copyrights and other forms of intellectual property are critical to the success of companies of all sizes and industries. Developing and protecting any of these properties requires an intellectual property lawyer with the legal experience and technical knowledge necessary to take effective action.
Below is a summary of various types of intellectual property matters.
- Patents: A patent protects any new, useful and nonobvious process, machine, article of manufacture or composition of matter. In the United States, a patent holder has the right to prevent others from making, using, selling or importing the patented invention for the duration of the patent.
- Trademarks: A trademark protects a company or individual’s name or marketing of a product or service.
- Trade dress: Trade dress is similar to a trademark, but it specifically refers to a product’s design, size, shape and overall physical appearance.
- Trade secrets: The Uniform Trade Secrets Act defines a trade secret as a formula, pattern, compilation, program, device, method, technique or process that derives economic value by being unknown to others who could gain economic value from its use.
- Copyrights: A copyright protects artistic expression, such as a work of music, visual art or other creative works. The holder of a copyright has the exclusive right to develop the property in the manner he or she sees fit.
At the Leavitt Eldredge Law Firm, our unique skill set and commitment to delivering efficient legal representation offers tangible benefits to our clients. The majority of our practice involves patents, although we also handle a great deal of trademark matters as well.