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Intellectual Property

Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind for which property rights are recognized, and the corresponding fields of law.  Under intellectual property law, owners are granted certain exclusive rights to a variety of intangible assets, such as:

  • Copyrights - musical, literary, and artistic works
  • Patents and Trade Secrets - discoveries and inventions, and
  • Trademarks - words, phrases, symbols, or designs used in commerce.

Each of these areas of the law have complicated rules and procedures regulating how these rights are obtained and protected, and limitations on the length of time they exist. 

The Research Affairs Group of the Office of General Counsel assists clients navigating this complex area of law and serves the Institute by assisting with patent and trademark acquisition, enforcement, and licensing, as well as with copyright questions and disputes, providing patent assistance, enforcing patent rights, assisting with licensing and obtaining trademarks on behalf of the Institute.

Frequently Asked Questions

Attorney Contacts:

Copyright Issues (including DMCA)

Patent Issues

Trademark Issues

Data Rights Issues