Intellectual property law is broken down into four main areas: trademark, copyright, trade secret, and patent.
This post provides a basic explanation of each area of intellectual property, and simple steps you can take to protect your intellectual property:
Trademarks and service marks are protected under state and federal law. Logos, company names, product names, and slogans are some of the common marks that are protected under the Lanham Act (the federal statute governing trademarks). There are two primary categories of trademarks: plain-text marks (or word marks) and design marks. An example of a plain-text mark is “Nike”, and an example of a design mark is the Nike Swoosh.
What rights do trademark holders have?
A trademark holder has the right to exclude others from...