LLI defines intellectual property as any intellectual creation that the law protects against use from unauthorized users. California law recognizes the federal regulations on intellectual property. Intellectual property is protected property. At LimNexus, we have assisted business owners with trademark, patent, copyright and trade secret law. We understand the importance of protecting intellectual property before a conflict arises. We rely on an assortment of legal tools to enforce property rights at all levels.

The laws behind IP provide a way to regulate the public use of creative work so that creators receive proper compensation. Congress regulates copyrights, patents and trademarks. While the federal law governs most trademarks, states can also govern trademarks. The federal government oversees all copyrights. Trade secrets have different governing. The state generally oversees trade secrets.

Intellectual property can include the following:

  • Company logos
  • Trade secrets
  • Advertising materials
  • Company slogans
  • Software
  • Original art

This is not an exhaustive list of intellectual property. Original music, recipes, literature and much more all fall under the definition of intellectual property. If it is not physical and you create and sell it, it fits the definition.

Intellectual property claims may take place at the state or federal level. International companies undergo complex intellectual property suits. Intellectual property may not be tangible, but the rights are worthy of defense and preservation. Copyright infringement may happen at the national or international level. The internet age brings a lot of benefits but also higher risk to stolen and misused creativity.

If you find yourself in the middle of an intellectual property dispute, you have recourse. For more information, please visit our intellectual property page.