Intellectual property law protects the creative works of authors, composers, designers, and inventors from being pirated. There are four basic categories of intellectual property: copyrights, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. Generally, each category is used with different types of material and affords different protections. Copyrights protect original works of authorship from the moment they are created and fixed in a tangible form.
Patents protect new and useful machines, articles, substances, or processes through exclusive rights granted by the federal government to their inventors. Trademarks protect identifying marks that distinguish goods or services, such as names, logos, designs, emblems, and distinctive sounds and smells. Trade secrets protect confidential business information or “proprietary information,” such as business plans, chemical formulas, and customer lists.
There are many examples of people who might need to retain an attorney versed in intellectual property law. For instance, if a company changes their business logo, they will want to employ an attorney to ensure they’ve obtained the proper trademarks and licensing.
Without the proper intellectual property paperwork in place, companies will be left scrambling to receive compensation for any damages done to their image or sales. However, the company must first go through the legal process and demonstrate the damaged that the offending business entity caused. Such an endeavor requires expert legal advice and representation.
At Gonzalez Law, we will protect your intellectual property as if it were our own. Following 40 years of family tradition, our firm is committed to providing our clients with quality, personalized legal advice and representation. We believe that successful cases are founded on communication and mutual trust, and we will strive to give you the most efficient and transparent legal experience available. When we are working on your case, we will work with you to come up with practical solutions for the most difficult problems.