Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law
Patents, along with trademarks and copyrights, are legal protections for certain types of intellectual property, including inventions, ideas, artistic creations, music, and brands.
Patents – A patent allows the holder to recoup the costs of research and development of an invention by conveying the right to exclude all others from making, selling or using that invention for a specific period of time. If you have an idea for a new product or an improvement for an existing product and want to explore your legal options for protecting your invention, call Attorney Decker to schedule a consultation.
If you are interested in obtaining some general information about patents, the following link will direct you to a webpage hosted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Trademarks – A trademark consists of any word, name, symbol, figure, letter, or device used by a company to identify and distinguish its products from those manufactured or sold by others. To be protectable, a mark must be distinctive. In other words, it must identify the source and distinguish the trademark owner’s goods or services from the goods or services of its competitors. Before adopting and using a new mark, it is advisable to perform or obtain a trademark “search,” to determine if there is a mark already in use, regsitered, or subject to a pending application that may conflict with the proposed mark.
If you are interested in obtaining some general information about trademarks, the following link will direct you to a webpage hosted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.