Month: May 2012

What is a Trademark?

                A trademark is one of four different types of intellectual property (IP).  Each form of IP serves a different function and a trademark’s job is to serve as a source identifier.  That is,…

What does a Copyright Protect?

     A copyright is a form of intellectual property that grants the copyright holder certain rights in original creative expressions.  Importantly, for something to be protected by copyright, it must be both original and a creative expression.  It must…

What is a Trade Secret?

                A trade secret is a creature of statute.  They exist because state legislatures have defined them and deemed them worthy of protection.  Trade secrets are created and maintained when companies, sometimes unknowingly, follow…