Need to Know About Patents, Trademarks
and copyrights are easily confused.
Each one conveys exclusive rights
to the holder's Intellectual
Property, but the subject matter
of each is different. The World
Intellectual Property Organization
defines intellectual property as
"creations of the mind: inventions,
literary and artistic works, and
symbols, names, images, and designs
used in commerce."
To obtain a patent,
trademark, or copyright, you usually
must first search to see if you
can obtain the rights to exclusivity
for your intellectual property and
then go through a fairly complicated
application process with The United
States Patent and Trademark Office.
If you are successful in obtaining
the property protection you seek,
no one else can legally use your
invention or profit from something
you have written, produced or developed.
If someone does infringe on your
rights, the USPTO does not intervene
on your behalf, but the patent,
trademark or copyright does give
you the basis for entering into
litigation to stop the infringement.
The goals of the
World Intellectual Property Organization
include the development of international
standards of protection. The Internet
has created many new global issues
related to patents, trademarks and
and Michaelson can help you determine
which kind of protection you need-patent,
trademark, or copyright. The firm
can also assist you in all phases
of the application process, including
the search, compiling documents,
and answering Office Actions. We
can also assist you with domain
name problems and concerns.