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Intellectual Property Attorneys in Naples
The area of intellectual property law is quite broad, and it is not a surprise that many people find it complex and confusing. Intellectual property or IP refers to the creations of the mind, such as designs, inventions, literary and artistic works, images, names, and symbols used in commerce.
If you are a business owner or an entrepreneur, it is crucial for you to understand the basics of IP law as it will help you protect your hard-earned creations of mind and ideas from unfair competitors. If you protect your idea or invention, the competition won’t be able to steal it from you and benefit from it financially.
If you want to earn recognition and benefit financially from what you have created, you should seek our services. We at Livingston Loeffler are here for you and ready to provide assistance. Our team of attorneys has years of experience in the field, and we specialize in providing legal services for patents, trademarks, and copyright. Don’t hesitate to give us a call if you need help with the registration or protection of your creation of the mind. If you need any assistance or advice, schedule a face to face consultation with one of our trademark and patent attorneys. Our qualified and experienced legal experts look forward to helping people from Naples and the surrounding areas.
Patents give you exclusive rights over your invention for a specified period, in exchange for disclosing the invention to the public. During this period, no one will be able to make, sell, or use your invention without permission. Otherwise, there will be severe legal consequences. In the United States, utility patents last for twenty years from the date of filing and design patents last fifteen years from the date of issuance, and after it expires, people will have the right to make generic versions of your work. Inventions that can be qualified as patents include simple devices, electronics, machines, software, chemical compounds, methods of production, and pharmaceuticals. Your invention must be useful and not obvious. If you come up with an innovation that can be patented, it is crucial to file a patent application as soon as you can so it is important that you contact us at Livingston Loeffler so we can assist.
A trademark protects words, symbols, phrases, smells, sounds, and color schemes, and it is an asset that describes and identifies products and services that a particular company provides. If your business has a word, symbol, or phrase that distinguishes it from your competitors, you should protect it. However, before you register for a trademark, it is crucial to do your research and make sure that a similar trademark is not already registered or in use, otherwise you could be sued for trademark infringement. If you want to apply for a trademark, you need to provide a description of the mark and its intended uses associated with your products or services. Federal trademark registrations are good in perpetuity if you continually use the mark and meet certain renewal requirements. State of Florida trademark registrations may also be obtained and may have many advantages not available under federal law. For example, a State of Florida trademark registration allows a prevailing party to obtain attorney’s fees for infringement.
The purpose of copyright is to protect original works of authorship, such as music, literary and artistic works, sculptural, architectural and graphic works, sound recordings and computer software. If you obtain copyright protection, you will have exclusive rights to perform, display, create, distribute, copy and modify the work, and it starts from the moment your work is created. Your work must be fixed in a tangible medium. We can assist in establishing and enforcing copyright rights and represent you in actions against businesses and people that sell infringing items. Our team of attorneys will protect you from unauthorized copying, performance, and distribution.