A plain-English guide to intellectual property law. Explains what legal rights apply to your work, the scope of copyright protection, an overview of trademark law, what trade secret law protects. Includes sample forms.
Offers step-by-step instructions to register a written work with the Copyright Office, determine what works can be protected, transfer copyright ownership, define and avoid infringement, and maintain electronic publishing rights.
If you plan to use any copyrighted material for your own purposes, you need to get permission first from the owners of that work. Covers the copyright permission process, the public domain, how to figure out who owns a copyright. fair use, school-related permissions, license and merchandise agreements, using trademark and fictional characters, website permissions, and more.
The best way to protect your invention is to keep good records. Document the development of your invention; make refinements while building and testing; assess the commercial potential of your invention; calculate how much capital you are likely to need; organize your search for funds to build, test, manufacture and distribute your invention; create a record of contacts who know of your invention and have signed confidentiality agreements.
Takes you through the entire patent process, providing updated information and clear instructions to help you determine if you can patent your invention; understand patent law; evaluate the commercial potential of your idea; perform your own patent search; file a provisional patent application; prepare a formal patent application; respond to patent examiners; amend an application; enforce and maintain your patent; market and license your invention. Provides forms.