Intellectual Property Law is based upon the belief that ideas, because they are the products of the mind, deserve the same protection as physical products. There are four major types of intellectual property law :
- Copyright law
- Trademark law
- Patent law
- Trade secret law
Each of these types of intellectual property law carries with it certain exclusive rights and entitlements. An intellectual property lawyer may specialize in any or all of these areas, and be able to help you to protect and defend your intellectual property through the appropriate legal channels. Artists, authors, inventors, and the like should know their rights and the means of protecting their work. An intellectual property attorney can help answer questions about copyrighting your ideas, applying for a patent, trademarking your work, or protecting your trade secrets. If you feel your intellectual property rights have been violated, an intellectual property attorney may be able to get you compensation through an intellectual property lawsuit.