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Our Boston 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 Boston 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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Why Is Software Patent or Copyright Important?
A software patent or copyright is a legal way to protect your software source code, idea, or invention.
Every software developer or company has to choose between patent and copyright. Some decide they want both. To make the choice, you have to think about what you're protecting. Are you protecting the code itself, or are you protecting the software idea and the process? Getting a patent versus registering a copyright are very different processes and might also change what you want to do with your software.
Software counts as intellectual property (IP.) IP is an original work that isn't tangible, but that is valuable. Lots of avenues, including copyright and patent, exist under the law to protect IP.
Both patents and copyrights protect soft
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What Is a Trademarked Logo?
A trademarked logo is a company logo that has been trademarked and receives protection through the trademark laws.
What Is a Trademark?
A trademark is used to protect intellectual property from infringement. A trademark is a name, word, logo, or symbol that represents a company. Time and money are spent developing a company's logo, and it is therefore important to protect.
A company's logo is representative of the brand. The logo is also recognizable by customers, making it important to also protect its reputation.
A trademark is not required, nor is it always necessary. For small, regional companies, a trademarked brand or logo is not necessary. A trademark automatically begins with first use and depends upon regional boundaries. This is only true if someone else
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Patent Law Treaty: What Is It?
The Patent Law Treaty (PLT) is an international agreement used in the how to patent an idea process to simplify the formalities associated with patent application procedures in multiple countries. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) adopted the PLT on June 1, 2000.
The treaty began in the United States on April 28, 2005. The PLT was approved by the U.S. Senate in 2007. U.S. patent law was updated to reflect the PLT changes in 2012 and became known as the Patent Law Treaty Implementation Act, or PLT Act.
Why Is the Patent Law Treaty Important?
The PLT is extremely important to patent holders, since
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What Is a Trademark?
A trademark is a word, phrase, logo, or symbol that represents a company or its products. A trademark protects a company's intellectual property. To qualify for a federal trademark registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO):
- You must use or intend to use the mark in commerce.
- The mark must be distinctive to your business.
Trademarks: What Do They Do?
A trademark protects certain aspects of your business and distinguishes your company and products from those of other businesses. You can trademark the following, as long as they relate to commerce:
- Names of companies or products
- Words or slogans that relate to brands or marketing campaigns
- Logos or symbols that identify your brand
- Sounds, colors, and scents specific to your brand
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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