Definition: Intellectual Property Lawyers

Intellectual Property Lawyers
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Definition: What are intellectual property lawyers? Intellectual property lawyers are professionals who are trained and licensed to practice intellectual property law.

According to WIPO "Intellectual property (or IP) refers to creations of the mind: inventions, literary and artistic works, and symbols, names, images, and designs used in commerce.

Intellectual property is divided into two categories:

  1. Industrial property, which includes inventions (patents), trademarks, industrial designs, and geographic indications of source;
  2. and Copyright, which includes literary and artistic works such as novels, poems and plays, films, musical works, artistic works such as drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures, and architectural designs. Rights related to copyright include those of performing artists in their performances, producers of phonograms in their recordings, and those of broadcasters in their radio and television programs.

What Do Intellectual Property Lawyers Do?

Basically, intellectual property lawyers do everything legal that is connected with intellectual property. For industrial property you might hire an intellectual property lawyer to help you file an application for a patent or trademark, defend your patent or trademark, represent your case before a patent examiner or board, or write a licensing agreement.

Also Known As: Intellectual Property Lawyer,Patent Lawyer,

Examples: As the inventor you know the scientific and technical knowledge involved in your invention. However, the preparation of a patent application and conducting proceedings with any patent office requires a knowledge of patent law and rules and the patent office's practices and procedures. The knowledge that intellectual property lawyers have.

You certainly have the right to prepare their own applications and file them and conduct the your own proceedings. However, without having the knowledge that intellectual property lawyers have you may get into considerable difficulty.