We Identify and Protect Many Types of Intellectual Property (IP)
Your intellectual property rights may include patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and other creations of the mind that are legally protectable.
- A patent has a 15 or 20 year term depending on the type, and protects the following types of innovations:
- utility (functional inventions, 20 year term)
- design (non-functional, ornamental inventions, 15 year term)
- plants (20 year term)
- A trademark has a potentially perpetual term, and can include:
- a word (e.g., product name)
- a phrase (e.g., slogan)
- a symbol (e.g., logo)
- a design (e.g., trade dress: colors, configurations, smells, and sounds)
- any combination of the above
- A copyright typically has a term of 70 years beyond the author’s life, and can include the following types of original works of authorship:
- certain other intellectual works, like semiconductor mask works
- A trade secret has a potentially perpetual term and can include any type of technological or business information that is not generally known, is valuable, and is protected.