Intellectual Property Basics

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

Trademarks vs. copyrights: Which one is right for you?

Copyrights and trademarks are both important tools in protecting your intellectual property, but knowing what you need can be confusing.

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NIL: Why student-athletes need to protect their intellectual property

University of Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz started and trademarked his own brand of shirts, sports caps and hats. LegalZoom's trademark…

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Reprinted with permission: Requesting permission to reproduce published material

If you are going to use someone else's written work, you will need to make sure that you have permission to do so. Here is how you get it and what…

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When and how to use a release of liability form

A release of liability form is designed to safeguard you against lawsuits by planning for and addressing potential disputes.

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Soft intellectual property: What is it and how is it valued?

Soft intellectual property is the life blood of content creators. Learn more about what soft intellectual property is and how it is valued.

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Intellectual property assignment: What it is and how to make one

Just as with buying and selling physical property, transferring the ownership of intellectual property is an important part of doing business.…

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How to protect your intellectual property

Learn how to protect your intellectual property rights—from copyrights to patents.

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The complete guide to intellectual property

Trademarks, copyrights, and patents can be powerful tools to protect your business and creative works, learn how in our complete guide.

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The basics: Provisional patent vs. utility patent

Whether you plan on filing the documents yourself or getting professional advice, every inventor should know about the differences between utility…

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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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