A lot of people have written, spoken, heard, of signed a large number of documents that contained the phrase “intellectual property”. But, it is safe to assume that the vast majority of those people do not actually know what intellectual property or IP means or entails. When a new employee starts with his new job, he or she is often obliged to sign a confidentiality document or a clause that has an IP reference included, whose purpose is to establish and secure the ownership of any creations of the mind resulting at employment or from employment that belong to the employer. Most employees sign these documents and clauses usually without even knowing what they actually mean and what they are agreeing to.
The term and concept of intellectual property or IP law covers a wide area of legal territory, from copyright and trademark, designs and inventions to creative works and aspects such as music, art or writing. The practice and main purpose of IP law is to protect those who create or are in the process of creation of new designs or ideas or who are in the process of defending a certain individual or company with the contract that has an IP clause in it. This is a simple example, an attorney that specializes in intellectual property law is capable of helping an entrepreneur or an inventor file a patent for some new invention or file the documents required in order to trademark, say, the logo of the said invention. A musician or a singer can hire and work with an intellectual property attorney in order to file the copyrights required to protect their rights over recorded performances or their works’ sales.
Since the area of intellectual property is quite wide ranging and broad, it is very common for intellectual property attorneys to specifically specialize within the practice of Intellectual Property. Some IP attorneys, for example, have engineering degrees or other qualifications that enhance their understanding and knowledge of the part of IP law that is concerned with industrial laws as well as extensive knowledge of the work and the technical details those patents and innovations incur. Other IP attorneys may possess extensive knowledge, education and experience in the areas of non-profits, banking, business, medicine or arts (music, painting etc) which can help them in understanding the particularities and nuances related to trademark, patent and copyright law. The majority of IP law cases involve individuals filling for trademark copyright or patents. However, there is also a considerable number of cases which involve companies or some other large-scale businesses. Like individuals, these companies and businesses also have to file trademarks and copyrights in order to protect their patents and innovations. By working with IP lawyers, big companies can avoid large financial losses and expenses by researching and resolving all possible infringements and conflicts.
If you are looking to file a trademark or copyright, you should get in contact with Livingston & Loeffler a Florida based law firm that specializes in intellectual property and trademark laws. Or, you can visit www.uspto.gov for patent attorneys near me.