Protecting Your Creativity
How IP Can Save You Stress, Heartache, and Thousands of Dollars.
So you’re talented and you know it. Perhaps you have an amazing voice, maybe you paint masterfully, or perhaps your writing is exquisite. You’ve often wondered how to convert your talent into money. But, before you can turn your hobby into a moneymaking endeavor, the first question that should come to mind is: how do I protect my works from infringement?
The answer lies in the body of law known as intellectual property law. Intellectual property law, when seen as a whole, stands to protect artists, authors, inventors, and all those who craft creative works from “infringement." In layman’s terms, infringement means any interference with any of the creator’s rights in a work. This may range from illegal copying or distribution, to, in some cases, mutilation of the work.
“Intellectual property law" is really just an umbrella category of the law that is primarily composed of copyright law, trademark law, and patent law. Many people use the terms “ copyright," “ patent," and “ trademark" interchangeably. For instance, you might hear a sports announcer say, “there’s his patented move," or you’ll hear someone comment on a person’s “trademark smile." However, trademarks, patents, and copyrights protect distinct classes of creative works.
Over the next week I will describe the types of works that are protected by each class of intellectual property, the distinguishing features of each class, and the all-important issue of registration for each class. First will be copyrights, then trademarks, and finally patents.
Welcome to the wonderful world of intellectual property, and stay tuned for updates and new posts throughout the week!
Steve Rensch and Zach Price
3850 E. Baseline Rd. Suite 105
Mesa, AZ 85206