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Careers in Intellectual Property Law

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Artistic creations are covered by copyright laws, which protect music, photographs, movies, books, paintings, and software. These rights give the copyright holder exclusive right to control reproduction or of this works for a certain period of time.

Commercial creations, such as Trademarks or Patents are known as "industrial properties".

An Intellectual Property Law professional, is then responsible for defending the rights that a person or company holds over his intellectual property.

Which positions can I aspire to as an IP professional?

In the area of Intellectual Property prosecution, (the acquisition of rights), is usually distinguished from enforcement, which includes litigation and licensing.

There are two main positions someone can occupy in the field of IP Law:

The most commonly available position in the US market is an Intellectual Property Attorney, a law professional specialized in IP rights enforcement. In the U.S., an IP attorney has to be admitted to practice before the courts. He or she is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent Office, and represents parties in Intellectual Property litigations.

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