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Joseph Agiato, Intellectual Property Law

From: Blogger Man
Subject: Joseph Agiato, Intellectual Property Law
Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2007 02:05:29 -0800 (PST)

Joseph Agiato, Intellectual Property Law

Intellectual Property Law can be quite confusing at times. Copyrights, 
trademarks and patents all have a role in protecting your hard earned content 
and knowing their role is half the battle.Intellectual property in itself 
refers to the creations of the mind, including such things as: artistic works, 
literary works, inventions, names, images, symbols, and designs used in 
commerce. In other words, the intellect that is the possession of an 
organization or an individual is considered intellectual property.
Intellectual property is divided into two categories, copyrights and industrial 
Copyrights give the authors of an exclusive work, exclusive rights to that work 
for a limited amount of time. Copyrights cover such literary and artistic works 
as novels, poems, plays, films, songs and other musical works, artistic works 
(drawings, paintings, sculptures and photographs) and architectural designs. 
Copyrights, which must be renewed periodically, allow the creators of a piece 
of work, the opportunity to benefit from that piece of work.
Industrial property includes patents, trademarks, industrial designs and 
geographic indications of source.
Patents give the inventors of a new product, a certain (limited) amount of time 
in which he/she may prevent others from making, selling or using the invention 
without authorization.
A trademark is an intellectual property protection which is used to protect the 
distinctive features that distinguish one product from another. Those features 
can include such things as: symbols, colors, brands, names, sounds, smells, 
shapes, and signs.
Fortunately, Intellectual property laws benefit the creator of a property, by 
rewarding that creator for his/her innovation and creativity. Also, society as 
a whole benefits from intellectual property laws, by the fact, that these laws 
encourage creativity, therefore allowing the rest of us to benefit from the 
wide range of products and services that are produced.
Any violation of a trademark, patent or copyright could constitute the grounds 
for an intellectual property lawsuit. If you feel that you have been victimized 
it would be wise to consult a qualified attorney in your area. Find an attorney 
or law firm, which specializes in intellectual property law. Know your rights 
and protect them accordingly.
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