Intellectual Property (IP) is a property right arising from the creative and cognitive processes of inventors, authors, scientists and musicians. Unlike real or tangible property, IP cannot be touched or manipulated like real property because, by its very nature, intellectual property is composed of intangible concepts, ideas and expressions.
IP law is a specialized legal practice that supports obtaining patents, registering trademarks and copyrights, and taking steps to ensure that agreements and processes are in place to protect the trade secrets of a business. IP law also includes protecting one’s IP rights from infringement by others in litigation, defending those accused of infringement, licensing rights to others in exchange for royalties, and performing due diligence as to the IP involved in transactions. Hemingway & Hansen LLP has extensive experience with all aspects of IP law.