Have you come up with a wonderful invention or idea and you’re not sure how to proceed?
It’s extremely important to understand the different rights of ownership available to protect your idea. The United States Patent and Trademark Office provides several ways to legally protect your intellectual property.
- Trademark is defined as- a word, phrase, symbol, and/or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others. A service mark is a word, phrase, symbol, and/or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of a service rather than goods. The term “trademark” is often used to refer to both trademarks and service marks.
Must all marks be registered?
No, but federal registration has several advantages, including a notice to the public of the registrant’s claim of ownership of the mark, a legal presumption of ownership nationwide, and the exclusive right to use the mark on or in connection with the goods or services set forth in the registration.
- Patent-a limited duration property right relating to an invention, granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office in exchange for public disclosure of the invention.
- Copyright-protects works of authorship, such as writings, music, and works of art that have been tangibly expressed
Many ideas and inventions require one or more of the above to fully safeguard its exclusivity. Obtaining a trademark, patent, or copyright without the help of an experienced intellectual property attorney can be overwhelming, time consuming, and risky. Hiring an attorney to guide you through this process can help alleviate the difficulties associated in obtaining a successful patent, trademark, or copyright. Call Phoenix IP Attorney, Steven J. Laureanti of Jackson White Law today at 480-426-8397.