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Types of intellectual property

On Behalf of | May 9, 2017 | Intellectual Property

If you are the owner of intellectual property in New York, it is essential to make sure your rights are protected. At Codispoti & Associates, PC, we want to be sure that you understand your rights, which include registration, maintenance and protection. That starts with knowing what intellectual property you own.

The World Intellectual Property Organization lists the different types of intellectual property. IP includes trademarks, patents and copyrights. Anything that you have created from an idea you have had in intellectual property and is entitled to protection under the law. Laws protect your rights to the IP and prevent others from benefiting financially from it. Each type of IP is protected under different laws, so it is essential to understand what distinguishes them.

Trademarks are any mark that distinguishes a creation of a specific person or entity. You might recognize them more easily as being brand logos. While logos are not the only kind of trademark, they are the best example because they distinguish a company’s products from other company’s products.

Patents are legal protections offered for inventions, designs and plant discoveries. They protect your invention from being used by others without your permission. It gives you the exclusive right to decide how your invention will be used.

Copyrights protect creative works. This includes written or recorded literary or artistic projects. Copyright protection is automatic upon publication. It protects your work from being taken by someone else and presented as being their original work. To learn more about intellectual property rights and protection, visit our website.