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Our Austin intellectual property attorneys & lawyers can help you secure and protect your company-s intellectual property. Whether you are an entrepreneur, artist, author, engineer, manager, or individual - the IP attorneys on UpCounsel have you covered.
There are four common areas of intellectual property, which all protect different things such as: copyrights, trademarks, patents, and trade secrets. Additionally, licensing is a popular enough specialization of IP that warrants mentioning.
Our Austin IP attorneys that specialize in licensing can help you draft contracts that grant permission to another party to do something with an otherwise protected work or product. A license can grant the right to reproduce the work by: distributed copy of the work to others by rental, sale, or lease, or preparing derivative works using protected expression from the original work, and/or displaying the work.
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What is a Trademark?
A trademark helps protect a symbol, logo, phrase, domain name, design, or word that's associated with your product or business name. A trademark is different from a patent because it doesn't protect an actual product or design on a product. The trademark prevents other companies from using your logo, design, phrase, symbol, domain name, or word as their own.
How Do I File a Trademark?
- Finalize the design
The first step in the process of trademarking is deciding on your idea. If you have several logos, symbols, or words, decide on the one you like best. You should keep the others as backups, in case your top choice isn't eligible for a trademark.
As you finalize your design, think about a few important aspects. Your idea won't qualify for a trademark if it's too generic. Fo
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Patent Help: What Is It?
Patent help can be sought from a patent lawyer. A patent protects your intellectual property.If you've come up with an invention idea, protecting it from use by other people helps protect not only your ability to make a living from your invention but also the spirit of innovation that drives our culture forward. You can gain this protection through the patent process.
Why Is a Patent Important?
Patents protect your process or invention. There are three types of patents:
- Utility patents, the most common form, protect processes, machines, manufactured articles or compositions of matter, as well as improvements on any of those.
- Design patents protect ornamental designs and forms for manufactured articles.
- Plant patents are granted to those who invent or discover asexually reproduced new varieties of plants that are not fo
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What Is a Plant Patent?
A plant patent is for newly invented strains of asexually reproduced plants. To be patentable, the plant must have been asexually propagated. These are plants that reproduce by means other than from seeds, such as by the rooting of cuttings using layering, budding, grafting, or inarching. Not all countries allow the patenting of plants, but the USPTO issues a patent to anyone who has invented, discovered, or asexually reproduced a distinctly new kind of plant. This includes any cultigen, mutants species, hybrid species, and newly found seedlings not derived from a tuber-produced plant or a plant found in a wild state. Plants cultivated using tubers and wild or uncultivated plants are not patentable. The term "tuber" means short, thickened underground stem or rhizome. Plants covered by the term "tuber-propagated" incl
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What Is Trademark Protection?
Trademark protection refers to safeguarding intellectual property rights to protect a trademark from counterfeiting and infringement. A trademark is an established or legally registered mark that identifies a manufacturer's unique goods and services. The owner of a distinctive mark can apply to receive trademark protection. However, trademark protection also requires you to continually use the mark in commerce.
To protect your trademark from infringement and counterfeiting, you need to make sure your mark is not used by others, and you need to bring legal charges against those who use your mark without permission. By conducting research, you can develop a strong trademark or
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A service mark is a designation that indicates the provider of a service or services.
Service marks and trademarks both identify the providers of goods or services. Many people confuse the two because they are closely related.
A trademark is used to designate a company's products. A service mark is used to designate a company that provides services. Services are only legally considered services if they are performed for others. Reference 15 U.S.C. § 1127 for more information.
What is a Service Mark?
A service mark distinguishes your services from those provided by another company. This mark can take many forms, including a logo, a phrase, a tune, or a symbol.
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