Category Business

Protecting (Patenting) Your Intellectual Property

You’ve invested serious time and effort coming up with a unique name for your business, and you want to be sure you’ve done everything you can to protect it. But are there legal steps you can take to do that?

Absolutely. If yours is the first business to use the name, you can protect it so that no one else can use it without your prior permission. And the proper way to protect a business name from use by others is to register it as a trade name.

A trade name is one of several intangibles you have that the law refers to as “intellectual property.” Simply put, intellectual property is something that’s created by the human mind such as an idea, an invention, a unique name, and artistic and literary expressions.

Intellectual Property

Intellectual property law is the system of federal...

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