Never has it been easier for another person or business to procure your intellectual property. In the age of the Internet, trademarks and copyrights are even more crucial to the successful defense of your inventions, literary/artistic works, names, images, designs, software, et cetera. Whether you’ve developed a proprietary product or purchased the rights to one, the only way to retain the value that product is to prevent others from duplicating it without permission.
WHAT IS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY?
According to the World Intellectual Property Organization, Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind: inventions, literary and artistic works, and symbols, names, images, and designs used in commerce.
IP is divided into two categories: Industrial property, which includes inventions (patents), trademarks, industrial designs, and geographic indications of source; and Copyright, which includes literary and artistic works such as novels, poems and plays, films, musical works, artistic works such as drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures, and architectural designs. Rights related to copyright include those of performing artists in their performances, producers of phonograms in their recordings, and those of broadcasters in their radio and television programs.
Although the United States has it’s own Intellectual Property laws, it does participate in multiple WIPO treaties. Intellectual Property protection is a global challenge. The Atlanta-based attorneys at Stone & Bellus understand this. These Georgia attorneys can handle trademark and copyright filing for you or your company. In addition, they will pursue your trademark, copyright, and software contract infringements and disputes to the appropriate jurisdiction.
Whether you are an artist, inventor, musician, software developer, web designer or belong to a business that uses proprietary intellectual knowledge, you need to legally protect your interests. This requires a two-pronged strategy. First to protect your intellectual property, you need to file for a trademark or copyright. Secondly, you are going to have to pursue anyone who violates that instrument. An experienced Intellectual Property attorney—like the ones that you will find at the Atlanta firm of Stone & Bellus, P.C.—can assist you in setting up a legal strategy that protects your product from unscrupulous persons or parties who may have inadvertently used your intellectual assets without your authorization.
To begin protecting your intellectual property, call the Atlanta, Georgia law firm of Stone & Bellus, P.C. Our number is 678-279-5511.