Intellectual Property (IP) is legally defined as any original invention, creation or idea that was born from your own mind. Patents, trademarks and copyrights all help to protect intellectual property.
It is important to note that someone’s intellectual property belongs to them in the same way that real estate or a car would. For example, a business’s logo can be trademarked and that business would have the sole rights to that logo and no other party would be able to use or reproduce that logo without the consent of the business. If they do then the business may choose to take legal action against the party.
The laws that govern the rights of intellectual property are quite numerous. It is important to note that not all of your ideas can be considered to be intellectual property and protected by law. There are many factors that should be taken into account before it can be determined whether you can in fact patent, copyright or trademark your idea or invention. This is why so many people choose to use the services of a professional and experienced patenting company, such as InventHelp, or attorney.
It is also important to note that the intellectual property rights may not always belong to the author or the inventor. For example, if you develop an innovative mining machine while employed as a mining engineer then the rights to the invention would belong to employer.
The employer would own the rights to any intellectual property created or developed while in their employ provided that it is related to your role at the company. For example, if you work as a receptionist then the company is unlikely to acquire the rights for a chemical compound that you developed while employed by them.
Many artists and inventors do not realize the importance of protecting their intellectual property until it is too late. Protect your original ideas, creations and inventions by educating yourself about your legal rights pertaining to the protection of intellectual property. Seeking invention help from a professional in the field such as a patent attorney is a highly recommended first step.