Intellectual Property

Intellectual-Property-imageThe Haw Law Firm offers the services of an intellectual property attorney in Katy, Texas, that helps businesses and entrepreneurial individuals protect their intellectual property, including the following areas:

Trademarks

A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol, and/or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of another.  A service mark is a word, phrase, symbol, and/or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of the services of one party from those of another (as opposed to goods).  Many people use the term “trademark” to identify both goods and services.

A trademark is not required to be registered. One gains trademark rights simply by using their word or mark. However, there are several advantages to registering the mark, including:

A notice to the public of the registrant’s claim of ownership of the mark
Legal presumption of ownership nationwide
The exclusive right to use the mark on or in connection with the goods or services as listed in the registration
The right to use the federal registration symbol ®
Right to prevent importation of infringing foreign goods
Right to sue in federal court; AND
The right to recover your attorney fees

Copyrights

A copyright protects works of authorship, such as writings, music, and works of art that have been tangibly expressed. In other words, a copyright gives the creator the right to control how these works of authorship are used.

Patents

A patent is a property right given by the United States Patent and Trademark Office that provides the owner of the patent the right to exclude others from making, using, selling or importing a patented technology. In order to get a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, an inventor must show that the invention is new, useful and nonobvious.