Protecting intellectual property* is unbelievably difficult. In today’s social media-dominated and digitally-driven world, preventing yourself from various forms of plagiarism is harder than ever. Whether you want to protect your original content or someone accuses you of pirating their ideas, utilizing proper legal representation is of the utmost importance. That’s why hiring a lawyer who specializes in intellectual property makes a world of difference.
The Rights of Property
An idea, innovation, or invention created by someone is what constitutes intellectual property. There are laws in place that protect this property from being unlawfully used without permission or plagiarized. An intellectual property lawyer’s area of expertise is the law as it pertains to intellectual property, which includes, but isn’t limited to, inventions, designs, ideas, and artwork. When dealing with any intellectual property, a lawyer can advise you about trademarks, copyrights, as well as patents–because no one but you should take credit for your hard work and efforts.
The Benefits of Hiring an Intellectual Property Lawyer
Many companies and independent business owners hire an intellectual property lawyer to practice due diligence as well as file any necessary paperwork to patent or protect their intellectual property from infringement. This practice is a preemptive measure for your own protection. Should someone attempt to use your intellectual property without permission, you have a legal standing to proceed with charges and receive payment in the form of any earnings that came from the unlawful use of your intellectual property.
An intellectual property lawyer can also assess the value of your intellectual property and help draft the necessary documents to ensure its complete protection. It’s important to remember that starting this process is best done early. Moving quickly to patent and trademark your intellectual property early on will save you costly proceedings later, should someone try to take credit for your own ideas.
Know Your Rights
Intellectual property law is a very complex matter. While having a full and in-depth understanding of it might be out of your reach, having proper representation isn’t. Hiring an intellectual property attorney* can help protect your creations from being plagiarized or infringed upon.
The Law Office of Kenneth J. Nota has over three decades of experience in dealing with copyright, intellectual property, and even estate planning law. If you’re in the process of creating an intellectual property or fear your work has been used for profit without your consent, contact us at 941-309-5270 immediately or fill out our online contact form. Theft is theft and we’re here to protect you.
*Disclaimer: Please be aware that patent work is a highly specialized and certified area of practice. The Law Office of Kenneth J. Nota is able to generally advise on patent issues; however, we are not patent attorneys and can’t undertake to do patent registrations.