If you’re ever involved in a court case, you’ll encounter many legal terms that may seem foreign to you. For your own understanding, it’s important to familiarize yourself with these terms now rather than later. Here are the definitions of common legal terms that might pop up in court or related proceedings.
What Is A Patent?
If you’ve ever bought a new product and then discovered that someone else is selling an almost identical version, you have experienced patent infringement. A patent gives an inventor exclusive rights to sell his or her invention for a limited time (typically 20 years). This legal protection can be critically important because it prevents competitors from selling similar products and earning profits off of your hard work. If a company makes and sells a patented item without permission, it’s a patent infringement.
What Is Copyright?
Copyright is a form of protection provided for original works of authorship. In United States law, copyright is established under Title 17 of the United States Code. Typically, copyright protects original works such as novels, movies and music, but it also applies to computer software, maps and architectural design.
To be considered a work protected by copyright law in America you must show that you have expressed an idea or created something with some level of creativity or uniqueness and that it meets other standards (17 U.S.C. § 102). Copyright protection lasts for many years—even beyond your death! Copyright protections are important because they allow artists to profit from their creations long after those works have been produced.
What Are Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights?
It’s important to understand what patents, trademarks, and copyrights are and how they differ from one another. If you have an idea for a product or invention that has not yet been released on the market, then it is protected by a patent. A patent is granted by federal law once your product has been tested for safety and deemed novel. So long as your product remains novel (i.e., it hasn’t already been patented), then you can apply for a patent in order to restrict others from copying or selling your idea without permission. For example, if someone wanted to copy Coca-Cola and start selling Coke 2, they would be violating Coke’s patent protection because Coca-Cola was patented first.
How do I protect my patent, trademark, or copyright?
To protect your patent, trademark, or copyright you need to register it with your local government. The process is different for each country but most offer a simplified version of registering that can be done online. This is a complex process and should only be done by professionals. If you want to create and sell something then it’s vital that you know what is legal terms so that you don’t get in trouble. It’s not worth taking any risks when it comes to your business idea.
Even if you think no one will steal from you, there are plenty of people out there who are happy to do it without even thinking about it twice. It doesn’t matter how big or small your idea is – if someone steals from you they’re breaking laws and you’ll have no choice but to take action against them. It’s best not to put yourself in that position from day one!