Intellectual Property Basics

Start here if you're new to intellectual property. Learn all about copyrights, trademarks, patents, and more.

How Do I Choose a Trademark Class?

Choosing a trademark class can be the most difficult and confusing part of filling out a trademark application. Here are some tips to help you…

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Three Ways to Protect Your Original Idea

There are different ways to protect original ideas. The method you choose depends on the kind of idea you have.

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Lessons from Her Grandmother: Attorney Mary Beaghler Penn on Life, IP, and Branding

For the past five years, Mary Beaghler Penn has been helping LegalZoom customers protect and defend their brands, and register and maintain their…

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Four Steps to Protect your App and Yourself

Developing an app opens up a variety of legal considerations from liability to intellectual property. These four easy steps will help you protect…

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Top 5 Intellectual Property Disputes

Intellectual property is becoming more and more valuable and protecting intellectual property rights is becoming more important—and more difficult—as…

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How Long Does a Trademark Last?

A trademark can last as long as it is used, if the owner is on the ball. The nature of trademark protection is complicated. In order for businesses…

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What Is a Mechanical License?

If you've recorded someone else's song, you'll need to secure a mechanical license for that song before you release it into the world.

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How to Check if a Trademark Is Already Registered

You can avoid legal trouble and countless headaches by being proactive to ensure you don't infringe on another company's trademark.

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Tips for Protecting Your Trade Secrets

Adequately protecting trade secrets can mean the difference between the success and failure of your business.

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How Much Does a Patent Cost?

How much does it cost to get a patent? The answer can be different depending on why you want a patent and what you're patenting.

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