The U.S. Government may grant a patent that provides an inventor the exclusive right to make, use, or sell his or her invention in the United States for a limited time. In exchange, the inventor must disclose that invention to the public. Three types of patents exist: plant, design, and, the most common, utility.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recommends inventors use an attorney when applying for a patent. Registered to practice with the U.S. Patent Office, Brian Teague can provide the full range of services, from identifying inventions, seeking patent protection, and even counseling clients regarding infringement matters. When necessary, he can perform services to help enforce a patent such as cease and desist letters.
A trademark (or service mark) is a word, phrase, or design that distinguishes the source of a product (or service). Registering a trademark provides the owner legal protection, right to use a mark in connection with his or her goods, and as a basis for foreign registration when exporting the product.
Patent Law of Virginia can counsel clients regarding trademarks and related unfair competition matters. That assistance includes filing applications for trademark registration and participating in trademark enforcement, both offensively and defensively. Moreover, the firm can participate in proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
An author who creates an original literary, dramatic, musical, or artistic work is automatically granted copyright protection. The copyright gives that author the sole right to perform such actions as reproduction, distribution of copies, and adaptation of such work, unless the author gives permission to another party. Registering the work with the U.S. Copyright Office extends and strengthens that protection.
There are exclusions to these rights, and an attorney can assist an author in understanding the application process and the rights and restrictions of a copyright.
Intellectual property encompasses knowledge, ideas, or creations of the mind with commercial value and having recognizable property rights. Intellectual property includes, but is not limited to, artistic works, discoveries, software, symbols, and brand names; it has become the most tradable property in today’s digital market. Trademarks, copyrights, patents, and trade secret laws all protect the intellectual property owner.
An attorney experienced with all facets of intellectual property provides an essential service to the creator. Patent Law of Virginia partners with clients to develop both offensive and defensive IP strategies.