Intellectual Property Rights
As a business owner, creative artist, thought leader, or any other individual or company that utilizes intellectual property, understanding your IP rights is very important. Not understanding them or how an IP rights attorney can help you defend or fight for your rights can result in a loss of both your intellectual property and revenue.
What Is Intellectual Property?
Intellectual property is any type of work, invention, creation, or trade-related knowledge that an individual or company holds rights to, holds the market monopoly over, and may exercise legal action upon any who infringe upon those rights.
Intellectual property lawyers are capable of helping individuals and businesses fight against those infringing upon their intellectual property rights or defend any infringement claims against them.
Types of Intellectual Property
What’s covered by IP rights can vary as intellectual property is based on an individual’s or collective’s knowledge about a particular item, system, creation, and more. The most common forms of intellectual property include the following:
- Industrial Design Rights
- Trade Secrets
Using Intellectual Property Rights
In order to gain the benefits of intellectual property rights in Dallas and Houston, TX, or anyplace else in the nation, we can help you navigate the legal issues revolving around such rights. We are professional IP rights attorneys that can assist with the establishment of your intellectual property through trademarks, copyrights, patents, and more.
Our lawyers are knowledgeable, extensively trained and have real experience fighting for and defending the IP rights of individuals, corporations, and businesses throughout Dallas, Houston, and the rest of the nation in a wide range of technologies and industries, including chemical, telecom, semiconductor, phrama, software, and consumer goods.
Duration of Intellectual Property Rights
In most cases, the duration of your intellectual property rights is not everlasting. In other words, these rights can expire if they are not maintained. In most cases, intellectual property can be protected indefinitely as long as the owner of the IP continues to maintain any associated fees and paperwork.
Each type of intellectual property rights will vary based on the type of protection:
- Design Patents: 14 or 15 years
- Utility Patent: 20 years
- Trademark: 10 years, with renewals thereafter
- Copyrights: 70 years from death of the author if not for work for hire, otherwise other dates depending on date of creation or publication
- Trade Secrets: indefinitely for as long as the trade secret is commercially available
Are you ready to get started with protecting your intellectual property? Whether you’ve created a business for a new invention, want to protect your logo, wish to keep trade secrets in your business, plan to claim the market monopoly for a phrase, or take care of any other intellectual property, give us at Janik Vinnakota LLP a call at 214-390-9999 or send us a message.