Intellectual Property

Protect your work from copycats. Learn the difference between trademarks, copyrights, and patents so you can safeguard your intellectual property.

5 Things You Can't Copyright

In order to qualify for copyright protection, an original creative work must exist in tangible form—in other words, written down or in a form you can…

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What Are Derivative Works Under Copyright Law?

Find out what constitutes a derivative work and how it's protected by copyright law.

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How to Copyright a Book

You can register a copyright for your book by submitting your registration electronically, or by mailing in a print application.

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How to Trademark a Phrase

If you've come up with a good catchphrase to help identify your company and its goods or services, you might want to trademark it.

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NFL Players Try to Score a Touchdown with Trademarks

As if NFL players don't have enough publicity surrounding their teams, they're going through great legal lengths to protect what they see as personal…

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GoldieBlox v. Beastie Boys: Is It Fair Use?

After a successful crowdfunding campaign, a video that went viral, and their products on the shelves of a major retailer, the fortunes of a startup…

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Trademark Protection of Color: Louboutin's Red-Soled Shoe is a Clever Logo

A deeper look at the question of trademark and the use of color in product design.

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Tom Waits Sues Over Personality Rights

What happened when Tom Waits told a car company "no" and they went ahead without him?

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The Brand Evolution of a Boxing Champ

When Abner Mares takes off his robe and steps into the boxing ring, fans will see the stylized "M" tattooed across his chest. The "M," of course, is…

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Creating a Patent License Agreement

If you're a patent owner who's ready to create a patent license agreement, here's what you need to know before you get started—both about the…

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