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Intellectual Property Basics

Intellectual property (IP) law encompasses a broad array of state and federal laws designed to protect you from those who would pass your ideas off as their own. At Norred Law PLLC, we employ an array of tools to protect your inventions and artistic endeavors.

The Big Three Of Intellectual Property Rights

Patent — Patent attorneys must be registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). A patent gives you the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, selling or importing your invention in the country that issues it. At Norred Law PLLC, we will help you establish patent protection in the United States and in other countries, as well as to license your patent to others, and to prosecute those who violate it.

Copyright — Copyrights protect the work of authors such as song and book writers. Courts will protect unregistered copyrights, but registration with the Library of Congress gives more protection by providing attorney fees, statutory damages and exemplary damages. Copyright registration raises the stakes against those who might attempt to steal your work.

Trademark — Trademark law gives legal protection to names, logos and other marketing devices that are distinctive and help consumers identify the manufacturer or distributor of the goods they buy. As with copyrights, courts will protect an unregistered trademark, but trademark owners receive far more protection and ability to protect their trademark by registering it with the USPTO.

Enforce Your Rights With The Dallas-Arlington-Fort Worth IP Litigation Attorney

Infringement litigation — When others violate your IP rights, you need an IP lawyer skilled in litigation to put a stop to them. Patent litigation requires experience in the federal courts, and is not for the faint of heart.

A Law Firm Focused On Protecting Your Valuable Ideas

Trade secrets — Your business is defined by its mission-critical information, from customer lists to manufacturing techniques. This information must be protected from insiders and outsiders who would pass it on to competitors.

Non-compete and non-disclosure agreements — Non-compete and non-disclosure agreements prevent employees from performing certain work or revealing methods or skills to a competitor after employment has ended.

Licensing Is Key To Turning Ideas Into Revenue

Licensing — Well-drafted licensing contracts can earn an inventor a good living for the rest of his life. Badly drafted licenses invite abuse and outright theft.

International and foreign filings — Through our network of qualified associates around the world, we are able to procure patents for inventions anywhere, including Asia, Europe and Latin America.

Although our office is in Arlington, Texas, we do business with clients across the United States and around the world.

We invite you to learn more about our services, and how we can protect your valuable ideas. Contact Dallas-Fort Worth intellectual property law attorney Warren Norred by email or by calling us at 817-704-3984.

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