Intellectual property (IP) rights generally apply to the products of human intelligence and creation, and these rights encompass inventions; designs; literary and artistic works; and symbols, images and names used in commerce. Protecting your IP rights may involve federal, state and international laws, and include patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets.

Your IP interests represent a source of tremendous value and opportunity. It is imperative to protect your IP rights through the appropriate legal channels. Federal and state laws give exclusive rights to individuals and companies to use their unique IP in a commercial marketplace for a specific period of time. You need to work with an attorney who can provide you with sound advice to protect your IP and effectively navigate the legal requirements to secure the protections that you deserve.

Michael Harrison is a Registered Patent Attorney by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Patent Attorneys are licensed to work with the USPTO to pursue patent protection for their clients’ inventions.