Intellectual property law in the San Francisco Bay Area is on the cutting edge of the law, and it is essential to understand what qualifies as intellectual property. It’s important to choose the best San Francisco intellectual property lawyer for your needs.
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Our Top San Francisco Bay Area IP Attorneys Can Advise on the Following:
- Trademarks: A trademark is a word, name, symbol, color, device, or packaging (also known as tradedress) that is used with goods to identify the source of the goods. A servicemark is the same as a trademark except that it identifies the source of a service rather than goods. A “trademark” often refers to trademarks and servicemarks. Additionally a trademark is sometimes referred to merely as a mark.
- Copyrights: A copyright is a bundle of rights provided to the authors of “original works of authorship.” Those works include literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. The works can be published or unpublished.
- Trade secrets: A trade secret is confidential information used in business and that gives an opportunity to obtain an economic advantage over competitors. The most common types of trade secrets pertain to either technical information or business information. They can include things like secret formulas or recipes or customer lists.
- Patents: A patent for an invention is the grant of a property right to the inventor, issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The right conferred by the patent grant is “the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling” the invention in the United States or “importing” the invention into the United States. Once a patent is issued, the patentee must enforce the patent without aid of the USPTO.
In summary, IP is where a great part of the value of a company lies. Without the right agreements in place, a company is jeopardizing its value and chances of success. Sophisticated lawyers that are based in San Francisco can help ensure your company has full ownership of its IP portfolio of patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights.
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