What Are Copyrights? Copyrights are a type of intellectual property designed to protect original works of authorship. This includes original literary, musical, dramatic, graphic, sculptural, audio-visual, architectural, photographic, video-graphic, web design, and audio works. Copyright protects work that is in a fixed and tangible medium like a book, digital recording, or photograph. It gives the…

Protections for trade secrets are used by businesses to safeguard secret information that is critical for maintaining their market advantage.  Many types of information can be a trade secret including formulas, processes, designs, instrument, compilations of information, pattern, commercial method, and manufacturing techniques. The qualifying factor for information to be considered a trade secret is that it must be…

Patent Process Requirements In a recent post, I explained what a patent was and why it was so important for entrepreneurs and inventors. A patent is a property right granted by the government to the inventor of a machine, process, composition of matter, or article of manufacturing. To receive a patent, the applicant must demonstrate…

A patent is an intellectual property right granted by the government to an inventor of a machine, process, composition of matter, or article of manufacturing.  The invention must be “new, useful, and non-obvious.”  An invention’s ability to meet this criteria is referred to as its patentability. Patents are mentioned in the constitution, along with copyrights. …

Thomas Stanton of Stanton IP Law explains the importance and process of obtaining a trademark for your business or idea.

You Created It, You Own It, You Need to Protect It By Thomas Stanton, Esq. Managing Shareholder, Stanton IP Law Firm, P.A. As a former business owner, the topic of protecting our Intellectual Property (IP) rarely, if ever, came up in conversation. We were too focused on acquiring customers, streamlining processes to provide better service,…

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