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A Top Rated Intellectual Property Attorney in Sarasota
Although many people are familiar with the term intellectual property, not many are familiar with intellectual property law. Intellectual property law can be quite confusing at times because it is a very broad area of law. In short, intellectual property in itself refers to creations of the mind such as literary and artistic works, inventions, or names, images or symbols that are used in business. In other words, it can refer to the ideas or trade secrets that are in the possession of an organization or an individual. All the mentioned creations of the mind, if legally protected, belong to the corporation or individual that invented or created them. Intellectual property law designates the legal protections of these creations, called “monopolies.”
Patents, copyrights, and trademarks have a vital role in protecting your ideas. However, knowing their role is only half the battle. If you want to maintain and protect your intellectual property rights properly, you must hire the law firm of Livingston Loeffler to assist you. We are a highly experienced IP and patent law office that provides legal services for trademarks, patents, and copyright procurement and infringement. Our qualified professionals are here to help you handle intellectual property registrations and to protect your intellectual property. No matter whether you need to protect your trade secret or are a party to an infringement case, you should look no further than our legal experts. Meet one of our patent or trademark attorneys during a face to face consultation and see why Livingston Loeffler is one of the top rated intellectual property law firms in Sarasota.
Intellectual Property Law
IP law is much broader than most people think. The most important areas of intellectual property law are copyright, patent, trademark and trade secrets.
Copyrights give the authors exclusive rights to their work that can be literary, artistic and musical. If you decide to protect your literary or artistic work, you will be the only person that has the authority to copy, change, or distribute the original work.
Copyrights last for a long but limited amount of time. After the expiration of the copyright, the work that was protected by copyright enters the public domain. If you have a novel, a movie, a song or even software that you would like to protect from infringement, contact Livingston Loeffler to schedule a consultation.
Patents give inventors of a new product, a limited monopoly in which the inventor may prevent others from making, selling or using the invention without prior authorization. Patents are designed to protect the rights of the inventors in exchange for the disclosure of the idea to the public. To patent an idea or a product, it must be original, useful and valuable to society. A utility patent lasts twenty years from the date of filing and a design patent last fifteen years from the date of issuance.
A trademark is a type of intellectual property protection that is used to protect then names, logos and trade dress that distinguish one company from another. The distinctive features that are a representative of a particular company, group or an individual can include things such as symbols, colors, names, images, signs and so forth. To be legally protected, a trademark should be registered.
Registering a trademark can be difficult because although you think you have come with a unique name or image for your brand, another person or a company may have created something similar and used or registered it before you. By hiring our firm, we will not only ensure your idea doesn’t infringe on someone else’s trademark right, but we will also make sure the entire registration process goes smoothly.
Any violation of a trademark, patent or copyright gives legal grounds for an intellectual property lawsuit. If you believe that you have been the victim of intellectual property infringement, contact us to today to schedule a face to face consultation with our attorneys.