Most California entrepreneurs understand the importance of creative ownership; after all, a work of one's one is something to be proud of. When the privacy or protection of that creation becomes jeopardized, an unlawful act may have taken place. The following information delves into the topic of protecting one's intellectual property in a way that can promote growth within a company for years to come.
California residents may not consider how the design of a product is connected to the patent. An ongoing lawsuit between technology companies demonstrates why it is important to understand which aspects a product are covered by a patent.
At Wang IP Law Group, P.C., in California, we know how proud you are of your artistic creations, be they paintings, books, musical compositions, photographs, architectural drawings, computer programs or other expressions of your creative genius. We also understand your desire to maintain complete control over these creations. They are, after all, your intellectual property, and you have every right to prevent others from using, copying or distributing them without your permission.
Your company has no doubt expended a good deal of time, energy and resources in developing your trademark. The value of that mark comes from its exclusivity. So what happens when a competitor in your space introduces something similar that, while distinct enough to not qualify as trademark infringement, could certainly cause confusion amongst consumers as to which was truly your brand? Many of the clients that we here at the Wang IP Law Group PC have worked with in the past have come to us facing this same conundrum. Fortunately, we have typically been able to offer good news: There is legal recourse available in such situations.
Obtaining a patent is about much more than inventing something new. It is important that you prove it is new. That means you have to compare it to everything that is known in the world already.