To residents of California, the words "Double-Double and Triple Triple can only mean one thing: You're eating at an In-N-Out Burger fast food restaurant. A new burger created by rival restaurant, Smashburger, may give In-N-Out a run for its money. Smashburger introduced the "Triple Double" sandwich last month but In-N-Out is not pleased with the name of the new burger.
To a layperson that owns intellectual property or operates a business in California, copyright law seems extremely complex. These people want to protect their intellectual property, but often have a poor understanding of the ins and outs of copyright law and the fair use doctrine. The laws surrounding intellectual property do help protect ideas, products and processes, but that does not necessarily mean that no one can use your property.
The intellectual property arena comes with a great deal of terminology such as patents, copyrights, infringement and yes, trade secrets. This can be confusing to someone just getting started. The term "trade secrets" in particular has a lot of room for self-interpretation. It is important for those interested in protecting their intellectual property in California to find out just what this term means.
The advanced technological environment of today is a prime venue for intellectual property infringement. Sometimes, intellectual property and patent infringement occur by accident and other times, it is perhaps done knowingly. Whatever the case, victims of infringement involving patents in California and elsewhere are well within their rights to take legal action in the realm of patent law.
If you think about it, everything in the entire world outside of nature started with an idea. A person, or perhaps persons, thought it up and brought it into being. A long time ago, people didn't worry very much about protecting intellectual property even though it was quite valuable. The people who came up with brilliant inventions and processes over millennia were likely just trying to improve their lives and survive.