INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OVERVIEW

PATENTS:

UTILITY - The functional aspect of any new and useful process, machine, article of manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof.

DESIGN - Any new external and ornamental design for a article of manufacture where the design is nonfunctional, is part of, and is not removable from the article.

PLANT - Any asexually-reproduced plant.

(e.g., machinery, electronic circuit, computer program, chemical compound, manufacturing process, genetically altered animal; bottle, computer case, jewelry, tire tread design, building or other structure, item of apparel, furniture, tool; non-naturally occurring plant).

TRADEMARK:

Any symbol, sign, word, sound, design, device, shape, mark, etc., used as a trademark, service mark, certification mark, or collective mark, and a common name.

COPYRIGHT:

Any book, poem, speech, recording, computer program, work of art (statue, painting, cartoon, label), musical work, dramatic work, pantomime and choreographic work, photograph, graphic work, motion picture, videotape, map, gameboard, game instructions, etc.

TRADE SECRET:

Any information which is not generally known and which will give a business advantage or is commercially useful (e.g., formulae, ideas, techniques, know-how, designs, materials, processes).

TRADE DRESS/UNFAIR COMPETITION:

Any distinctive design, slogan, title, shape, color, trade dress, package, etc. which has acquired "secondary meaning."

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