Synopses & Reviews
Whether you're an inventor, designer, writer or programmer, you need to understand the language of intellectual property law to intelligently deal with intellectual property issues such as:
. who owns creative works or valuable information
. how these owners can protect and enforce their ownership rights
. how disputes between intellectual property owners can be resolved, and
. how ownership rights can best be transferred to others.
With this Patent, Copyright & Trademark, you will:
. get clear overviews of relevant laws
. understand the different kinds of protection offered by patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets -- and which apply to your work
. get a plain-English definition of every term you're likely to come across, and
. find the information you need, quickly and easily -- all entries are organized by topic and extensively cross-referenced.
This edition has been updated to reflect the latest changes in intellectual property law, this edition provides the latest U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rules and forms. It includes up-to-date discussions of the new "first to file" rule, which promises to revolutionize patent law. Plus, read all new Q&As excerpted from author Richard Stim's regularly updated blog, Dear Rich.
About the Author
Richard Stim specializes in small business, copyright, patents, and trademark issues at Nolo. He practices law in San Francisco and has represented photographers, software developers, crafts people, publishers, musicians, and toy designers. He is the author of many books, including Music Law, and Profit From Your Idea. Stim also produces audiobooks, and performs and records with two bands.
Table of Contents
How Intellectual Property Law Works
Determining What Rights Apply to Your Work
Intellectual Property Laws Chart
Self-Help Intellectual Property Resources From Nolo
Part 1: Patent Law
Part 2: Copyright Law
Part 3: Trademark Law
Part 4: Trade Secret Law