Intellectual property is the result of human creation. It is meant to advance innovation and incite creative works for the benefit of society. Unfortunately, intellectual property is often violated or misappropriated. When intellectual property is violated, it does not benefit anyone except perhaps those in violation. However, even when those violating intellectual property are profiting from their unlawful actions, their spoils are usually short-lived. Eventually, parties in violation of intellectual property confront harsh repercussions.
At Citron & Citron, we have successfully represented various intellectual property cases. Our aim is to make sure that our clients’ interests are protected and stay protected. With our skilled intellectual property attorneys on your side, you will have access to invaluable resources and expertise in this area of the law. At Citron & Citron, we are at your disposal.
Our intellectual property attorneys at Citron & Citron are committed to representing clients in Los Angeles, CA and surrounding areas.
Intellectual Property Rights
Intellectual property is protected by intellectual property rights. Intellectual property rights allow innovators to create freely and continue to do so. The law protects against infringement, counterfeiting, and misappropriation.
If someone knowingly uses a logo or product that does not belong to them without authorization to make a profit, they could be in violation of infringement or counterfeiting. Likewise, if someone were to manufacture a product without having proper licensing, those responsible for the production stand to face an intellectual property rights lawsuit.
There are many ways in which intellectual property rights can be violated. If your intellectual property rights are being infringed upon, it is highly advised to seek an intellectual property attorney who is well-versed in this legal sector.
Types of Intellectual Property
There are four types of intellectual property that are protected. These include copyrights, patents, trade secrets, and trademarks.
- Copyrights: Copyrights protect creative works. Such works include art, photography, written works, drawings, computer software programs, sound recordings, and paintings. The creators of these original materials have the exclusive right to use and duplicate their works. They can also allow others to use or copy their work through a licensing agreement.
- Patents: A patent protects inventions and inventive ideas. A patent can protect a design, technology, process, physical invention, or improvement on an existing item.
- Trade Secrets: A trade secret is a process or practice that is not meant for public knowledge. A trade secret can be a recipe, formula, or proprietary process.
- Trademarks: Trademarks are assets that help identify a business or company’s brand, services, and/or products. A trademark can be a word, phrase, symbol, design, sound, smell, or color scheme.
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