Little Rock Intellectual Property Lawyers
Protecting the Rights of Artists, Inventors & Creators
Intellectual property includes nearly all creative works and other types of intangible property. The owners of such property have the right to use, distribute, sell, and manage that property as they see fit. When others infringe upon those rights, intellectual property owners can take legal action.
At Potts Law Firm, our Little Rock intellectual property lawyers represent clients throughout Arkansas in all types of intellectual property claims. If you have copyright dispute, trademark infringement lawsuit, or any other related issue, reach out to our team today to learn how we can help. We provide highly personalized legal representation and treat every client as a top priority.
Contact us at (501) 299-9270 to request a free initial consultation with a member of our team.
What Are the Four Categories of Intellectual Property?
There are numerous examples of intellectual property—from literary works to paintings to software, logos, and inventions—but these different types of intellectual property are grouped into four categories based on the types of protections offered.
The four different types of intellectual property include:
- Copyrights: Copyrights are issued to protect creative expressions, as opposed to ideas or concepts, including processes, systems, and methods. Examples of different types of intellectual property that may be protected by copyrights include books, manuscripts, blogs, plays, paintings, drawings, musical compositions, sound recordings, computer programs, and architectural designs.
- Patents: Patents are government-issued and used to protect all types of inventions. To receive a patent, the creator or owner of the invention must prove that the invention is “patentable,” based on several requirements. They must also prove that the invention includes an idea that is new, useful, and unique or not obvious.
- Trade Secrets: A trade secret is a piece of confidential business information that is not widely known to the public and which provides some benefit to the owner of the information by being kept secret. Examples of trade secrets include business plans, budgets, procedures, product ingredients or designs, systems, and more. Not all confidential business information constitutes a trade secret; instead, the information must meet specific criteria to be considered such.
- Trademarks: Trademarks are used to protect various designs, phrases, sayings, slogans, logos, words, symbols, and images that identify a business’s goods and/or services. This includes product names, business slogans, logo imagery and design, brand names, and other identifying information regarding specific goods and services. The purpose of trademarks is to prevent counterfeit products, unauthorized services, and fraud.
These different categories of intellectual property protections provide different rights to owners. Generally speaking, however, the owner of protected intellectual property has sole right to use, distribute, replicate, sell, and otherwise manage that property.
Common Intellectual Property Rights Violations
Intellectual property rights violations occur when someone other than the owner or creator of the intellectual property uses or attempts to use it in a way that violates copyright, trademark, patent, or trade secret laws and regulations. This includes broad violations, such as copyright infringement, as well as specific violations of intellectual property protections.
Some examples of common intellectual property rights violations include:
- Copyright and trademark infringement
- Creating or distributing counterfeit products
- Implying authorship of creative works
- Replicating products, inventions, or creative works without authorization
- Manufacturing or selling patented products without the owner’s consent
- Plagiarizing written works
- Copying artwork, movies, songs, and other creative works for profit
- Imitating another person or party’s products, slogans, designs, etc.
- Exploiting someone’s name or likeness for commercial purposes
At Potts Law Firm, we handle all types of intellectual property rights violations and related disputes. If you believe that someone else has infringed upon a copyrighted or trademarked work, or if you have a patent or trade secret dispute, reach out to our Little Rock intellectual property lawyers right away to learn how we can help.
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Our team is ready to assist you with your copyright, trademark, patent, and trade secret needs. Our Little Rock intellectual property attorneys offer free consultations, both in person at our office and by phone for your convenience.
We invite you to reach out to our firm today to learn more, including how we can help you with your legal needs.
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