Intellectual Property Law
Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind, such as inventions; literary and artistic works; designs; and symbols, names and images used in commerce. The main purpose of intellectual property law is to encourage the creation of a wide variety of intellectual goods. To achieve this, the law gives people and businesses property rights to the information and intellectual goods they create, usually for a limited period of time.
IP is protected in law by, for example, patents, copyright and trademarks, which enable people to earn recognition or financial benefit from what they invent or create. By striking the right balance between the interests of innovators and the wider public interest, the IP system aims to foster an environment in which creativity and innovation can flourish.
What do Intellectual Property Lawyer Do?
The three broadest segments of an intellectual property practice are counselling, protecting and enforcing. Client counselling centres around how best to protect the intellectual property that the client has or would like to develop. In trademark law, we conduct searches on trademarks proposed by the client and counsel the client with respect to availability. In cases where a client has already invested time, energy and money, and a prior use in a similar industry is found, discussions with a client might include modifying or even abandoning the client’s mark. In the case of patent counselling, there must have a technical background in order to best understand the client’s patent and to assess its validity or likelihood of patent infringement.
Protection of intellectual property involves registering the trademark, patent or copyright to obtain the greatest rights available for the client’s asset. In the case of a trademark or patent, the process involves preparing and filing an application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) and responding to actions issues by the PTO until the trademark is registered or patent issues.
The firm deals in all kinds of Intellectual Property matters, which include Trademarks, Patents, Copyright and Designs, Technical know-how and Trade secrets. '
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