Intellectual Property Protection

Intellectual Property Protection

Intellectual Property is any product of the human mind as applied to benefit mankind. It is a very broad concept and includes writings, works of art, lyrics, songs, recordings of performances, formulas, ingredients, processes, know-how, software, designs, plants, mankind manipulated plasmids, microorganisms, and cells, apparatus and devices, brands and branding and so forth.

Intellectual Property is generally characterized as follows:

In some cases the categories of Intellectual Property are mutually exclusive.  For example it is not possible to maintain a Trade Secret and also obtain a Patent on the same subject matter because by definition, a Patent is a public disclosure (i.e. it’s no longer a secret).  However it is possible to both Copyright and Patent various aspects of the same intellectual advancement.  Please click on the links above for a more detailed discussion of each Intellectual Property category and the protection afforded each type.