Intellectual Property theft and online piracy are increasing at alarming rates. The creators of original works such as inventions, literature and art have legal rights to the control of any usage of their work. Symbols, names, images and designs are also considered intellectual property, as well as the creation of new varieties of plant species, and they too belong strictly to their creators.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has several protection methods, depending on the original works you are looking to pr0tect:
- Patents protect inventions from being sold, duplicated or imported by others. They must be your original creations and they must be considered useful.
- Copyrights protect original works of authorship, in the literary, artistic, musical and computer-related fields. Books, plays and computer programs are included in this realm.
- Trademarks protect marks of trade, such as logos, slogans and brand names used for commercial purposes. Creations of the mind that identify and set apart products and services in the marketplace are covered by trademarks, along with trade secrets.
Intellectual property is not automatically protected simply by having been created (copyrights excepted). You must seek out protection by registering your design or applying for patents and trademarks. The attorneys at Revelli & Luzzo can help with this. Intellectual property is an organization’s most valuable asset and must be fiercely protected.
Because you have so much at stake, particularly for those who make a living from their intellectual creations, it is in your best interest to hire a knowledgeable and experienced attorney to guide you through the process.
At Revelli & Luzzo, we understand the rules of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the International Trade Commission. We have successfully represented our clients in both federal and state courts when they’re rights have been violated. We have also counselled clients on how to go about protecting themselves, as well as having assisted them in licensing inventions, applying for patents and otherwise guiding them through the myriad of rules and regulations that continue to change.
With the incredible growth of the internet, piracy and other intellectual property crimes continue to rise. The attorneys at Revelli & Luzzo understand intellectual property and its impact on your ability to make a living. We can help you to protect your creations, and if your rights have been violated, we are here to litigate on your behalf. Contact us if you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation to discuss your particular needs.