The area of Intellectual Property law is an umbrella that generally covers the practice of copyright, patent, trademark, and trade secret law. These four types of law have been called intellectual property law because they involve products related to human intellect.
• Copyright: The legal right granted to an author, composer, playwright, publisher, to reproduce, distribute, make derivative copies of the original work.
• Trademark: a name or symbol used to show that a product is made or a service rendered by a specific company and legally registered or used so that no other firm can use the mark.
• Patent: an exclusive right officially granted by a government to an inventor to make or sell an invention.
• Trade secrets: A trade secret is a formula, practice, process, design, instrument, pattern, or compilation of information which is not generally known or reasonably ascertainable, that gives the trade secret owner an advantage over firms.
Over the years, other areas of law have become related to intellectual property law because of their close involvement with one or more of the four main disciplines of intellectual property law. For example, firms involved in Website construction and maintenance need to heed copyright and trademark law, and manufacturers generally need to be aware of trade secret law, trademark, and possibly copyright law. All people who own or use intellectual property need to think about licensing and contracts.
As you can see from the list on the right, the Law Firm of David MacTavish, LLC concentrates in most areas of intellectual property law except patent. Please give us a call to discuss your interests or problems.