Intellectual property is a broad term for anything created or invented by the human mind that has a practical application or otherwise tangible effect on the world. Intellectual property comes in many forms -- from patents and copyrights, to trademarks and trade secrets -- and in every form it is an essential tool for inventors, individuals, companies and businesses to ensure that their work is protected and wholly theirs.
But achieving that legal protection for your intellectual property isn't a guarantee. There is a significant registration process to ensure that your idea, product or invention belongs to you and is recognized as such by official channels. Without properly applying for and obtaining protection for your intellectual property, it can (and probably will) be infringed upon.
Infringement is another area of intellectual property law that will make inventors and companies squirm. This refers to the idea of someone else taking or using your work or idea so that they may profit from it -- instead of you. If another party infringes upon your legally protected intellectual property, then it is of the utmost importance that you speak with a legal representative immediately.
At the Costello Law Corporation, we have worked with clients on a variety of pieces of intellectual property issues and types. We can help you with registering your intellectual property; defending your intellectual property from infringement; and working out any logistical issues that have occurred in the course of utilizing your intellectual property. If you need legal aid, give us a call.