Copyright/Patent Law New York, NY
Importance of Patent Law and Experienced Representation
Your Intellectual Property rights deserve protection, just like any other asset under your control. When you can define and protect your ideas, then you set the stage for your brand, company, or invention to prosper. The identification, procurement, and ongoing maintenance of these assets through qualified representation is the best way to protect your rights through patent law.
What Are Patents?
A patent allows you to prevent other people or companies from creating, using, or profiting from a process or product that uses claimed technologies which belong to you. If this protection were not in place, then anyone could use what you develop to create sales for themselves without giving you any recognition for the work.
Patents provide a license which confers a title or rights for a set period. It applies to every industry, giving you the sole ability to exclude others from your invention. There are three types of patents currently available under U.S. law.
- Utility patents cover machines, processes, manufacturing, matter composition, or the improvement of an existing idea. This option lasts for 20 years from the filing date for the patent.
- Design patents are for new and original purposes that ornament a currently manufactured device, which can even include icons for a computer. It must be aesthetic-only to qualify, and it is enforceable for up to 14 years after issuance.
- Plant patents are the least-common type issued in the United States. It applies only to novel, non-obvious, and asexually-reproducible plants. Most of them are given to agricultural experts or research scientists and last for 20 years from the application date.
When you protect your rights over an invention or idea, then the exclusivity you receive allows you to maintain a limited monopoly on its use and development. You created it, which means you deserve to profit from it if you wish.
Trademark Protection and the Law
Trademarks are a little like patents in that they give individuals and businesses the exclusive right to use logos, colors, slogans, words, and symbols that distinguish goods or services from similar items in the market.
When you register a mark, then you have a foundation to prove ownership over everything essential to the health of your business. Anything which would reference your trademark, including your social handles, can protect the message you send to prospects and customers.
Then the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office works to stop confusing or similar marks from registration that could potentially harm your business opportunities.
Patents offer a specific expiration date which does not require maintenance, but trademarks are a little different. At some point between the fifth and sixth year of your registration date, you must update your documentation. Failing to complete this administrative task could result in the loss of your mark.
What Can You Do Today to Protect Your IP?
You must stay ahead of the competition who might try to profit from your Intellectual Property. Whether you need to file for a patent or protect the one you currently own, having qualified and experienced legal help will reduce the risk of an error in the application and implementation process.
If you have an idea that you wish to patent or trademark, then contact our firm to discuss your situation today. Protecting your assets must occur sooner rather than later.