Patent Law

Source of Law on Patents in the United States of America In the U.S., patent law originates in in Title 35 of the Constitution – “Patents” of the United States Code (U.S.C.). U.S.C. Title 35 (usually written 35 U.S.C.) is authorized by the U.S. Constitution in Article One, Section 8: “The Congress shall have power …

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What is Patent Litigation?

The Steps in Patent Infringement and Lawsuits Patent litigation may result from patent infringement. Owning intellectual property (patent, trademark, and copyright) sometimes means others will infringe. Property laws provide legal protection for intellectual property that can be used to enforce ownership. You can read more about infringement in our “What Does Infringement Mean” article. Because …

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What is a Patent Writer?

Patent Writer Experience You should only use a licensed patent practitioner as a patent writer. A patent practitioner has passed an exam in order to receive their license to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Patent attorney and patent agent qualification typically requires the individual to have an engineering degree or …

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What are Music Copyrights?

The Two Types of Music Copyright Works When the musicians create the work, two works are actually being created. These two works are the musical composition (musical work) and the sound recording (master recording). Musical Composition (Musical Work) A musical composition is the composition of the song – the notes, melodies, lyrics, and chords in …

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Legal Research Basics

Finding Legal Resources – List of Available Legal Resources When finding and organizing legal resources, the first step is locating what information you want to use. Here is a list of online legal resources that may help you to get started on your search. This list is by no means all-inclusive as there are many …

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What Happens to Intellectual Property After Death?

Wills Transfer Intellectual Property Rights – Intellectual Property in Wills Your intellectual property can be taken care of in your will along with your other property. Generally, for inventors, artists, and authors, intellectual property in a will is transferred to their heirs just like their personal property (i.e., jewelry, cars, etc.) and/or real property (i.e., house, …

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Non-Disclosure Agreements

Why Use an NDA What is the purpose of a non disclosure agreement? Some relationships, especially in business, can require outside access to confidential, sensitive, and/or valuable information. Asking someone to keep a secret of that stature is not always enough to protect such information. Non-disclosure agreements are used to protect trade secrets, client information, …

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