When it comes to intellectual property law, there are a few different areas that are important to be familiar with so you can understand how the laws apply to your specific situation. With that in mind, intellectual property is typically split into four major areas:
- Patent Law - Patent law is used to protect inventors of new processes, machines, manufactured items, compositions of matter, or improvements to any of the aforementioned. Patent law will provide the owner of an issued patent with the right to exclude others from making, using, or selling an invention that is claimed in the patent.
- Copyright Law - Copyright law is designed to protect original works that have been created in a tangible format. This includes things like books, videos, audio recordings, software programs, and other physical works. Copyright law will provide the owner of the copyrighted work the exclusive right to copy, distribute, perform, and make derivative works.
- Trademark Law - Trademark law is used to protect words, names, symbols, sounds, and other defining characteristics used for commercial purposes. Trademarks, like patents, are granted by the government and are covered by both federal and state law.
Trade Secret - A trade secret is essentially any concept that derives competitive economic value in the commercial marketplace where its very secrecy is exclusively maintained as confidential by the owner. Often times a trade secret can alternatively be protected by patent law, but since patents are eventually published, the concept could be made public through public domain. A simple example of a trade secret is the patented Coca-Cola formula.
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