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.
Patents allow the holder to maintain control over the sale, use and manufacture of an invention. Owners may give permission to others to use their patented material in exchange for royalties. The same is possible with materials such as music, literary works and other forms of artistic expression, which are called copyrights.
Trademarks cover your name and the marketing of the products or services that you provide through your business. Under this umbrella, trade dress is also covered. Trade dress is the physical appearance of a product you may provide.
There is a separate area of law for trade secrets. Under the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, many processes and techniques used by your business are protected. The economic value of these techniques and processes is, at least in part, derived from the fact that the information is kept secret.
An attorney will work closely with you to give you or your Texas business the maximum benefit possible from copyright, trademark and patent law. The work that you or your company does deserves to be protected. Your intellectual property is considered part of the value of your business, and its protection can contribute to its success.