Intellectual Property Basics
The Intellectual Property Protection You Need From A Lawyer You Can Trust
Dale Ream is a nationwide inventor mentor with more than 20 years of product development experience, including product design engineering, prototyping, patenting, licensing and direct manufacturing. Ream Law Firm, L.L.C., offers solid guidance from start to finish on all facets of intellectual property matters, as well as how intellectual property relates to everything else that can make your invention a reality.
Dale makes certain he is accessible to clients no matter how large or small. This personal approach to intellectual property law is just one thing that sets him apart from other attorneys.
As an independent inventor, the intellectual property basics you should know about prior to meeting with a lawyer are:
The U.S. Constitution provides that Congress has the power to protect the discoveries of inventors. George Washington enacted the first patent statute on April 10, 1790, which provided patent protection for “any useful art, manufacture, engine, machine, device, or any improvement thereon not before known or used.” Although patent statutes have been modified many times since, the present patent system is entirely governed by federal law.
A patent is a right granted by federal law describing an invention that did not exist prior to conception by the inventor. It gives the inventor a limited monopoly right to exclude others from making, using, importing, selling, offering to sell or importing the claimed invention. A patent may be granted for inventions that are new, useful and nonobvious.
There are many types of patents, each with its own advantages and usefulness. A patent may be provisional, nonprovisional, utility, design, plant, foreign or domestic. Ream Law Firm is dedicated to helping inventors determine what type of patent is appropriate for their invention and circumstance, and it is experienced in all types.
A trademark provides an indication of the source or origin of goods or services and distinguishes the goods or services from those of others. The proper use of trademarks is a major factor in branding or establishing a brand name. Trademark laws serve two major purposes:
- To protect the public by reducing or eliminating confusion between goods or services, enabling consumers to obtain the products they know and want.
- To protect the owner’s investment of time, energy and money by preventing misappropriation of that investment.
A copyright is a form of intellectual property protection based on Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution. Copyright protection is founded on two seemingly conflicting purposes: to protect an author’s creativity and expression by granting certain exclusionary rights, while seeking to encourage authors to allow public access to their works.
As in patent law, copyrights seek to balance these competing interests by providing certain exclusive rights to authors for a limited time. Copyright protection exists in original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression from which they can be perceived, reproduced or otherwise communicated, either directly or with the aid of a machine or device.
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The nationwide patent law and inventor advocacy practice at Ream Law Firm, L.L.C., is committed to the legal protection of the intellectual property of its clients in Kansas, the Midwest and across the U.S.
Do you have questions about patents, trademarks, copyrights or any phase of the intellectual property legal process? To find out more about how Ream Law Firm, L.L.C., has helped so many innovative people just like you, and how we can help you meet your goals — and to arrange your free initial consultation from wherever you are in the U.S., call 785-214-4137 or email the firm.