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Intellectual property lawyer jobs involve legal matters related to"intellectual property," which is property in things like inventions, logos and artistic works that are products ofsomeone's mental efforts and intellectual labor.There are three main kinds of intellectual property:Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights.
Patents are ownership interests in scientific inventions like software, machines and medicines.Patents are regulated by the federal government and awarded by the United States Patent & Trademark Office (the "USPTO").
Trademarks are ownership interests in logos, symbols and slogans used to identify goods and services.Trademarks are regulated by the federal government and awarded by the USPTO.
Copyrightsare ownership interests in written and artistic expressions such as novels, screenplays, songs, architectural drawings and paintings.Copyrights are regulated by the federal government and awarded by the United States Copyright Office.
Intellectual property attorney jobs involve an array of legal matters relating to patents, trademarks and copyrights.Some intellectual property attorney jobs also involve matters related to trade secrets, which are the formulas, patterns and devices used by companiesto make their unique products.
The rationale behind intellectual property law (or "IP law") is to provide incentive for people and companies to invest in the development of new products and technology, to facilitate commerce, and to encourage creativity and artistic endeavors.Intellectual property rights in the form of patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets protect innovators and creators by preventing others from misappropriating the fruits of their labors for financial gain.
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