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Whether you are just starting your business or have been operating
successfully for years, it is absolutely essential that you protect
intellectual property you own. National and international patent
laws, trademark laws and copyright laws have been established to protect
the intellectual property rights of individuals and businesses.
There are few things more disheartening than discovering that your unique
and successful concept, design, invention or product has been stolen or
copied, then learning that you have no recourse because you failed to
properly safeguard your valued intellectual property. While strict
interpretation of patent laws usually requires the assistance of a
registered patent attorney, it is essential that you know the basic
precepts governing patent law as well as the potential application of
patent law to and effect of patent law upon your business.
Being aware of patent law and its repercussions is also critical to designers,
developers, engineers and scientists who work in any capacity for
business, industry or government and may wish to claim rights to designs
or inventions they create or have a hand in creating. These individuals
may discover that they have relinquished all rights to their creations
because these creations were developed while employed or through the use
of company resources. In some cases, an employer may claim patent rights
to employee inventions or designs not related to their work merely as a
consequence of employment. You must know the law!
Follow links to the right to learn more about invention and patent protection. These resources may
help ease the learning curve with regard to intellectual property and
point you toward more in-depth information should you require it.
At the left margin, Related Links address topics of interest
pertaining to intellectual property, business and ecommerce.
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business startups. Our Business Law section identifies areas
of business requiring legal expertise and provides resources you can use
both to become better informed and to accomplish those legal transactions
necessary for the operational success of your business. View the
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