Intellectual Property Law

Protecting your intellectual property rights is fundamental. Doing it correctly and effectively is essential. Smeets Law Corporation advises clients on the best overall strategy to maximize and protect their intellectual property rights.

While most property rights protect physical things, such as an office building, vehicle, or factory, intellectual property rights protect the intangibles: assets created in the mind. These include software, musical, literary, and artistic works; inventions; and symbols, names, images, and designs used in commerce, including copyrights, trademarks, patents, and related rights.

Smeets Law will work to ensure that, as the holder of one of these abstract properties, your intellectual property is secured and protected. We will work to ensure that you, as intellectual property owner, retain and benefit from certain exclusive rights to your creative work, commercial symbol, or invention.

International IP expertise

Smeets Law has experience helping international clients secure their national and international intellectual property rights. Clients from India, China, and Kazakhstan have relied on lawyers with Smeets Law for successful registration and protection of their intellectual property rights.

If you are an international business owner with intellectual property, contact Smeets Law now.

Types of intellectual property

Copyright

Copyright is a legal framework that protects creators of literary and artistic works by establishing economic and moral rights that enable creators to: control the publication and reproduction of their works; receive remuneration; and protect the integrity of their works.

  • Copyright of a published work usually lasts until 50 years after the death of the author. The work then goes into the “public domain,” and is no longer subject to copyright and can be used by anyone.
  • Copyright does not protect ideas, which belong to everyone. Rather it protects the expression of those ideas.
  • Copyright can be sold, which means that the copyright in a work can often be owned by someone other than the creator.
  • A copyright holder can grant someone a licence, which is a limited right to use the work under the conditions specified in the licence.

If you create literary and artistic works it is essential that you secure and protect your copyrights. Contact Smeets Law now.

Trade-marks

A trade-mark is a word, symbol, or phrase you use to identify your company or products and to differentiate them from the products of your competitors. A person or company violates a trade-mark if they use a trade-mark without permission of the trade-mark owner.

A trade-mark is different from a copyright in that trade-marks protect the goodwill and reputation of your company, while copyrights protect your company’s creative work, such as your goods and services. The benefits of trade-marks include the following:

  • They create an image of the quality of your products and/or services.
  • They enhance the goodwill and value of your business.
  • They enable you to license your trademark through franchising arrangements.
  • They prevent your competitors from registering trademarks which can be confused with your trademark.

Register trade-marks to protect and benefit from the goodwill and value of your business. Contact Smeets Law now.

Patents

If you are an inventor, by granting you a patent the government gives you the right to exclude others from making, using, or selling your invention from the day the patent is granted to a maximum of 20 years after the day on which you filed your patent application. A patent can sold, licensed, or used as an asset when seeking funding.

In order to enjoy the benefits of a patent, as inventor, you are required to provide a full description of the invention to the Patent Office. Lawyers with Smeets Law have worked with inventors, helping them submit design documents and securing patents. Benefits of patents include the following:

  • You can sell the invention and all related intellectual property rights.
  • You can license the invention to someone else but retain all the intellectual property rights.
  • You can discuss the invention with others in order to set up a business based on the invention.

Patents can protect and grow the value of your business. Contact Smeets Law now.