Here in San Jose, intellectual property (IP) is the most valuable asset many companies own. Individuals, too, have IP rights that must be protected. The San Jose intellectual property attorneys at Structure Law Group, LLP help businesses and individuals protect their intellectual property. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recognizes different tools that can be used to protect different types of IP. Keep reading to learn more about the four distinct types of intellectual property that are recognized by law.
According to the USPTO, patents are an IP tool used to protect technical inventions. These technical inventions can be chemical compositions, mechanical processes, or machine designs. When a technical invention is protected with a patent, the patent holder may prevent others from using the invention in any way without their permission.