The attorneys at Seiler Mitby are experienced, results-driven litigators who approach each individual case as its own unique situation, with the goal of achieving just recognition for intellectual property as well as fair compensation for damages incurred. Intellectual property law covers a variety of areas, all useful and necessary to defend businesses from idea poachers.
What is Intellectual Property?
Intellectual property law can be as complex as the broad range of ownership rights it protects. Intellectual property refers to the work or invention that results from an individual’s own creativity, and can be applied to works such as a manuscript, product design, or invention. Intellectual property law can be divided into four separate areas, each designed to protect and regulate individuals’ creative rights:
A patent is a form of a government authority or license that confers a right or title to a specific invention. Patents govern an invention for a specific period of time, which includes protecting the sole rights of the invention from being used to reproduce, use, or sell the invention.
A trademark is an established, legally registered symbol, phrase, or word that represents a company or product. Trademarks are indicative of and distinguish the product or services the registered entity provides from its competitors. Trademarks can include acronyms, slogans, specific fonts, and even colors.
Copyrights are exclusive rights given to an originator or their assignee that give permission to print, perform, publish, film, or record their creative work. Literary, artistic, and/or musical materials are all subject to copyright. When creative material is copyrighted, it is illegal for individuals other than the originator or assignee to perform, publish, film, or record the creative work without permission from the originator or assignee.
Trade secrets represent a type of intellectual property that comprises formulas, processes, designs, practices, instruments, patterns, or compilations of useful information that hold inherent value for the economic success of a product or company.
The attorneys at Seiler Mitby are well versed in handling an array of intellectual property disputes across industries, as well as in providing effective counsel of processes pertaining to trademarks, copyrights, patents, and trade secrets. When it comes to protecting creative rights, Seiler Mitby attorneys have the depth and scope of experience necessary to formulate unique, compelling arguments that advocate for creative works as well as for fair compensation for lost profits, and other actual damages associated with theft of intellectual property.