The Basics of Hiring an Intellectual Property Lawyer
Intellectual Property Law
What Is Intellectual Property Law?
Intellectual property deals with issues regarding the security and
enforcement of designs, inventions, and artistic works. IP law
covers areas such as:
• Federal patents
• Copyright laws
• State secrets
• Protection of written and artistic expressions
• Fair use doctrine
What Are the Different Types of
There are four types of Intellectual Property:
1. Trademark: These are words, images, and sounds that identify a
2. Patents: Patents give an inventor exclusive rights to use, make and
sell the invention and can stop others from doing anything with
that idea or invention
3. Copyrights: This form of protection covers original music, art,
software, or video.
4. Trade Secrets: There are pieces of information such as a recipe,
process, or technique that gives a business an advantage over
Do I Need a Intellectual Property
If you are an artist, author, engineer, or manager (especially in industries
with a great deal of employee mobility), you are likely to encounter
intellectual property issues at some point.
It is a good idea to consult with an intellectual property lawyer early in any
major project. It is often the case that very minor intellectual property
issues turn into larger ones because they were not addressed early
enough. An experienced lawyer can advise you on what isn’t and what is
intellectual property, so that you understand your legal rights with regards
to a project.
What Does a Intellectual Property
Protecting an invention, idea, or design might be a challenge. An
experienced IP attorney can help you with the entire process by filing
an application for a patent or trademark, defending your patent or
trademark, and representing your case
Without having knowledge of intellectual property laws, it may be a
difficult process for you. An intellectual property lawyer will help with
everything that is connected with your intellectual property to protect
your rights and your inventions.
How Much Does a IP Lawyer Cost?
The cost of an IP Attorney varies from attorney to attorney. Some
IP Lawyers will charge by the hour and some will charge on a flat
fee basis. Depending on the complexity of the procedure, the cost
varies based on the attorney’s experience and type of legal
service requested. Hiring a patent attorney can be between
$4,000 - $10,000. This might be a great deal of money, but in the
long run, an IP lawyer could save you more than you paid out.
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