The best businesses are built on great ideas. But are your great ideas protected? If you are creating something unique, then you might need to work with an intellectual property attorney. But what is an IP lawyer exactly- and who needs to hire one? In this article, we’ll explain the basics of intellectual property and the role that an IP lawyer plays.
What is Intellectual Property?
Intellectual property- as the name suggests- is property that was created inside a person’s mind. This means that, while IP might not be tangible, it is legally protected just like a physical object that a person owns. There are many different types of intellectual property, such as patents, trademarks, and copyrights.
What is an IP Lawyer?
An IP lawyer is an attorney who can help you establish and protect your intellectual property. Of course, not every single thought you have qualifies as your intellectual property. An attorney can help you determine which ideas and practices need legal protection. Then, they can help you file for that protection with the government.
When Do I Need an IP Lawyer?
There are a few different situations that call for an IP lawyer. However, filing a patent is one of the most common. Patents are notoriously hard to file. Only a specialized attorney can apply with the US patent office. Your IP lawyer can not only file the patent, but also help you write the patent so that the full scope of your idea is covered.
Talking to a Lawyer
IP lawyers can also help you determine if you need a patent at all! Patents are very specific, and not all types of intellectual property are well suited for a patent. Your lawyer can help you decide if another type of protection is better for you. Lawyers can also just save you time by handling bureaucracy and cutting through the red tape for your business. Overall, consulting a lawyer is generally a good business practice.
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