Patent, Copyright & Trademark: An Intellectual Property Desk Reference

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NOLO, Mar 1, 2012 - Law - 632 pages
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Whether you're investigating patent, copyright or trademark law, get the most concise and comprehensive explanations of intellectual property in one volume!

Whether you're an Edison, Faulkner or Jobs, you need Patent, Copyright & Trademark.

Intellectual property law has rapidly produced its own language. But don't count on understanding it right off the bat -- the terms baffle lawyers and lay folk alike. Whether you're an inventor, designer, writer or programmer, you need to understand the language of intellectual property law to intelligently deal with such issues 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 essential guide, 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.

    The 12th edition has been thoroughly revised and updated with the most up-to-date case law and legislation on patents, copyrights, trademark and all other issues intellectual property. Plus, read all new Q&As excerpted from author Richard Stim's regularly updated blog, Dear Rich.
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    About the author (2012)

    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.

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