In today’s increasingly digital world, every company has a chance to be valued at millions, perhaps billions, of dollars. Knowledge of the importance of intellectual property has spread beyond the San Jose, CA area, and every individual and business with a creative idea or an innovative process should understand the need to protect that property.
Intellectual property goes beyond just software or computer code. Great books, beautiful art and even a unique process for creating something can all be valuable intellectual property that you need to protect. The Law Offices of Mike Ross are here to help you to do just that.
With more than 30 years of experience and with a history of working for innovative technology companies in leadership positions, Mike Ross understands the importance of protecting your ideas and information. We have extensive experience to protect your intellectual property; to license and profit from your intellectual property; and to ensure that you realize the full value of the IP you develop. Call today to speak with a member of our legal team and learn how we can advise your business on IP issues.
Understanding Intellectual Property
Any creations of the mind can be considered intellectual property, and the creator has certain legal rights. There are three different processes for protecting your intellectual property depending upon what the nature of your IP. These include:
- Copyrights: Copyrights are available to the authors of “original works of authorship.” This can include books, plays, art, and other similar intellectual works. The 1976 Copyright Act protects the rights of authors and creators and gives them the exclusive right to reproduce and profit from their work.
- Trademarks: A trademark is a symbol, word, name or device that identifies goods as distinct. The trademark helps people to know the source of a product while a service mark helps people to know the source of a service. The famous Apple with a bite taken out, for example, is a trademark of Apple Computers and allows consumers to immediately recognize when a product is made by Apple, as opposed to another computer company.
- Patents: A patent is granted to someone who invents a product or a process. For example, the formulas for many drugs are patented, as well as most technology innovations. While copyrights, trademarks and patents all limit how intellectual property can be used by anyone other than its owner, the protection is not always absolute. For example, fair use laws allow people to quote parts of copyrighted work for purposes of review and allow people to create derivative works such as parodies.
- Know-How and Trade Secrets: Know-how and trade secrets are intellectual property that is either unpatentable or is patentable but you do not want your competitors to get access to your intellectual property. Know-how and trade secrets are vital IP that should be protected by restricting access and by non-disclosure agreements. The recipe for Coke is a trade secret and a semiconductor process is know-how.
The issue of how to protect your rights, and exactly what rights are protected, can be confusing. An experienced intellectual property lawyer will provide the guidance and representation you need to protect your ideas.
Contact our Intellectual Property Attorneys in San Jose, CA Today
The Law Offices of Mike Ross will provide you with invaluable assistance in taking affirmative steps to protect your intellectual property. Within San Jose, CA especially, this property may be the most valuable commodity you have so do not hesitate to secure your rights. Call today to speak with a member of our legal team and learn how our intellectual property attorneys in San Jose, CA can help you.