Many Texas residents use technology manufactured, distributed and sold by Apple Inc., such as iPhones, iPads and Macintosh computers. Part of the technology used to create these and other devices Apple manufactures comes from others who have patents on that technology. In some cases, entities have accused the technology giant of using their patents without permission, and patent law supports some of those claims.
Texas inventors who have received a patent may wonder what the next step will be to get their new product to market. Many individuals or small companies do not have the resources or facilities to manufacture a product. Fortunately, another area of patent law can help inventors partner with companies who do have the facilities and equipment an inventor needs without jeopardizing their patents.
Many Texas individuals and businesses do not fully understand what the term "intellectual property" encompasses. Because of this, they may not use copyright, trademark and patent law to their advantage in order to protect their intellectual property. These laws give you or your business exclusive rights to this property.