Points to Remember AboutProtecting IntellectualProperty RightsMark S. ThomasFebruary 6, 2013
N C LEAP – Focus on International Law    Basic Categories of Intellectual Property    >    Patents    >    Copyrights    >...
N C LEAP – Focus on International Law    > Sources of Information on the Federal Laws of      Patents, Trademarks and Copy...
N C LEAP – Focus on International Law    IPR Can Be Handled Very Differently Outside the      United States    > Different...
N C LEAP – Focus on International Law    You Therefore Need to Know the Territory    > 1. How does your target territory p...
N C LEAP – Focus on International Law                          Mark S. Thomas                                  919.981.402...
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  1. 1. Points to Remember AboutProtecting IntellectualProperty RightsMark S. ThomasFebruary 6, 2013
  2. 2. N C LEAP – Focus on International Law Basic Categories of Intellectual Property > Patents > Copyrights > Trademarks > Trade Secrets2
  3. 3. N C LEAP – Focus on International Law > Sources of Information on the Federal Laws of Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights – Patents and trademarks: www.uspto.gov – Copyrights: www.copyright.gov > Each State has its own trademark statute. > Trade secrets are generally governed by State laws, with some federal exceptions.3
  4. 4. N C LEAP – Focus on International Law IPR Can Be Handled Very Differently Outside the United States > Different legal systems (civil v. common law) > Different statutes and regulations > Different ideas of how IPR is protected4
  5. 5. N C LEAP – Focus on International Law You Therefore Need to Know the Territory > 1. How does your target territory protect IPR? > 2. Do you need to file registrations for protection in that country before it will recognize your rights? > 3. Are your rights in that country affected by any international treaties?5
  6. 6. N C LEAP – Focus on International Law Mark S. Thomas 919.981.4025 mthomas@williamsmullen.com This PowerPoint and the accompanying presentation contain general, condensed summaries of actual legal matters, statutes and opinions for information purposes. They are not meant to be and should not be construed as legal advice. Readers with particular needs on specific issues should retain the services of competent counsel.6
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