The intellectual property branch of Hanscom Alexeev & McDaniel LLP has obtained thousands of patents, trademarks and copyrights for its clients in more than 50 countries. We have a proven track record of successful work and our attorneys are community-conscious people who bring passion and dedication to all they become involved in.
Most businesses know that they need “IP”, but very often the different types of intellectual property are confusing. Patents are a way to protect ideas and shapes, with the goal of making money by being able to keep other people from copying your invention. You can generally make money by keeping others from making your invention, or by selling or renting your patent rights to your invention to other people through an assignment or licensing agreement. Many inventors want to maintain total control over their inventions, so they prefer to handle the manufacturing and selling of their invention; others would prefer “just to invent” and leave the business details to others.
Trademarks, on the other hand, are a way to protect your brand, so that consumers are not confused over whose goods or services they are buying. You can get a trademark on a business name, a logo, slogan, and even on more unusual items such as smells and sounds. As with patents, a US trademark is good only in the United States, but there are ways to file for patent and trademark protection in other countries.
Copyrights protect artistic expression and give the copyright holder a number of exclusive rights. The most important of these rights is often the right the reproduce the work of art. Many inventors erroneously ignore copyrights, assuming that they are exclusively for artists. However, special consideration should be given to copyrights, as they can be used to protect websites as well.
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