Patents are incredibly useful for businesses and inventors who want to protect their inventions and products. A patent is a right granted by the federal government, protecting the patent holder from other people who want to profit from or reproduce the work that is covered in the patent.
The California State Archives have made thousands of old trademark images available for viewing online. These trademark images are from the 1861 to 1900 period, and regard all different sorts of products.
Patents are a vital part of protecting a novel invention, and they can be imperative to a company protecting its most successful products. If you are granted a patent, it means you have the right to exclude other people from making, selling or using that product.
One of the most prevalent and immediately noticeable elements of the world of intellectual property is the copyright. Everyone recognizes the "C in a circle" logo near many products and original works. But what does a copyright do, and why is it so important for companies and content creators?
One thing copyright disputes sometimes arise over is who holds the copyright to a given protected material. Disputes over this issue can sometimes center on who got the copyright when the protected work was initially created.
The physical characteristics of a product and its packaging, such as product/packaging shape, color and design, can be impactful things. They can serve as important identifying markers for consumers. Sometimes, a product's packaging and design elements become so strongly identified with a product that they project to consumers the quality and attributes of the product.
California residents may not realize that a law designed to stop people from pirating music and movies made it possible for Volkswagen's emission cheating scandal to occur. However, the U.S. Copyright Office may soon change that.
California businesses are currently able to protect most things they create through the nation's intellectual property laws. This body of law is highly complex and has developed since the country's founding. The face of this law is changing, as new ideas about ownership emerge with the ubiquitous nature of new technologies and the explosion of the Internet.
California book lovers may be pleased to hear about the latest ruling in the Authors Guild case against Internet giant Google. The case has been ongoing for 10 years, and recently was ruled on by a three-judge panel of a New York appeals court.