Intellectual Property laws and regulations are administered on local, federal and international levels. Intellectual Property (IP) is a legal concept that includes copyright, trademark, patent, and related rights dealing with creative works, industrial design rights, commercial logo, trade secrets, process, program, data, or formula. Under intellectual property law, owners are granted certain exclusive rights to a variety of intangible assets, such as musical, literary, and artistic works; ideas, discoveries and inventions; and words, phrases, symbols, and designs. Most Intellectual Property Mediation does not require an attorney. You may want to consult an attorney before Intellectual Property Mediation to discuss the legal consequences.
Copyrights protect original works of authorship from the moment they are created and fixed in a tangible form. Patents protect new and useful inventions, articles, substances, or processes through exclusive rights granted by the federal government to their inventors. Trademarks protect identifying marks that distinguish goods or services, such as names, logos, designs, emblems, and distinctive sounds and smells. Trade secrets protect confidential business information or "proprietary information," such as business plans, chemical formulas, and customer lists.
Intellectual Property laws and regulations monitor the duties, rights, and liabilities of commercial businesses and private individuals. Mediator specializing in Intellectual Property might be able to provide assistance on Intellectual Property issues such as:
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