Intellectual property (IP) is the area of law intended to protect the rights of artist and inventors and their exclusive rights to their artistic and commercial creations. This field of law can include anything from brand names, logos, images, colors, formulas, recipes, music, lyrics, literature, art, designs, drafts, photographs, software, and any kind of theorized or materialized creative concept. Intellectual property incorporates laws and regulations that include the protection of specific legal rights for patents, copyrights, trademarks, and related creative subject matter.
Public marketing or disclosure of creative works, commercial symbols, trade secrets, or inventions is illegal unless the IP license holder has granted permission for the use, recreation, or distribution of their original creation. Unauthorized use of any intellectual property amounts to theft and can be prosecuted. Like anything of value, other people and businesspersons constantly seek intellectual property. Improper, unlicensed, or unauthorized use can be prevented by adequately securing the intellectual property. Intellectual property lawyers can assist you in protecting your rights to your artistic or commercial creations and answer any questions you may have regarding intellectual property law.
While intellectual property may appear as something that has been put forth relatively recently, the origins of IP are found in the Constitution (Article 1, Section 8 Clause 8). The article states that, congress shall have the power to promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing exclusive rights to authors and inventors for their respective writings and discoveries for specified periods of times.
Categories of intellectual property law include:
If you are an author, artist, or inventor and your intellectual property has been wrongfully used, reproduced, or sold by others, you should consult intellectual property law firms since you may be in a position to be granted a temporary restraining order, or a preliminary or permanent injunction to stop further infringement.