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1pIP: Trade Dress

1pIP: Trade Dress

Trade dress rights protect the packaging (or “dressing”) of a product in the same way that a trademark protects a product’s markings.  Trade dress helps notify the public about who makes or sells the goods that they purchase, and has been described as “the total image...
1pIP: Marking Your Territory: Virtual Patent Marking

1pIP: Marking Your Territory: Virtual Patent Marking

United States patent law requires a patent holder to provide actual or constructive notice to the public of its utility patents in order to recover damages for infringement of a product patent.  35 U.S.C. § 287(a).  Although the marking requirement does not apply to...
1pIP: Claiming Trademark Rights to Colors

1pIP: Claiming Trademark Rights to Colors

Trademarks and service marks identify and distinguish goods or services sold by one person or business from those of another.  They are a primary component of marketing strategies and advertising campaigns to establish and strengthen their owner’s brands.  In some...
1pIP: How Can Copyrights Protect My Work?

1pIP: How Can Copyrights Protect My Work?

Copyrights protect “original works of authorship.”  This includes literature, music, plays, and other types of artistic works.  Copyright protection arises automatically the moment that a work is created—the first time it appears in a fixed form.  A copyright is the...