As an artist, inventor, scientist, or creator, you should insure that others do not wrongfully profit from your original ideas.
Our legal system provides certain privileges and protections for owners and inventors of property through intellectual property laws. The purpose of intellectual property laws is to encourage new ideas, technologies, artistic creativity, and inventions for economic growth with the confidence that their creative work and idea will be protected.
Intellectual property law embraces copyright laws, patent laws and trademark laws. Working with an intellectual property attorney can help you protect your work and provide you peace of mind that your work will not be copied or used by another without providing you with compensation.
- What Is Intellectual Property?
- Intellectual Property Infringement
- Protecting Your Intellectual Property
- How to Find an Intellectual Property Lawyer
Each state may also have its own specific intellectual property laws and codes. For instance, Montana intellectual property law is specifically addressed in the Montana Code Annotated.
If you are a visual artist, musician, or writer, copyright laws protect your creative works. Copyright law prevents others from using or stealing your work for profit of their own.
If you have a great idea or invention that is unique and new, it is important to protect your idea or invention with a patent issued by the U.S Patent and Trademark Office. Learn the basics on what can be patented, patent applications, patent process, and how to do a patent search.
- What Is a Patent?
- Types of Inventions That Can Be Patented
- Getting a Patent
- Patent Duration
- Patent Licensing
- Patent Infringement
If you own a business and your business has confidential information that you do not want to be shared or leaked out to the public or other competitors, there are many nondisclosure agreements and non-compete agreements that can protect your business’ secrets.
- Trade Secrets
- The Difficulties Surrounding Trade Secret Lawsuits
- Termination of a Trade Secret’s Secret
- Remedies for Trade Secret Misappropriation
If you have a business brand, name or logo and want to use it as your company’s trademark, it is important to protect your business’ brand from copycats. Registering your company or business’ name or logo makes it easier to prevent copycats from stealing your image and violate the laws of unfair competition.
- What Is a Trademark?
- Trademark Counterfeiting
- Bars to Registering a Trademark
- Common Law Trademark Rights
- Loss of Trademark Rights (Trademark Infringement or Dilution)
Seeking Legal Help
You should contact an intellectual property lawyer if you need to project your intellectual property rights or if you have facing an infringement issue. A lawyer will help you navigate intellectual property laws and will represent your best interests with any legal disputes.