Intellectual property is divided into two categories:
- Industrial property, which includes inventions (patents), trademarks, industrial designs, and geographic indications of source;
- and Copyright, which includes literary and artistic works such as novels, poems and plays, films, musical works, artistic works such as drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures, and architectural designs. Rights related to copyright include those of performing artists in their performances, producers of phonograms in their recordings, and those of broadcasters in their radio and television programs.
What Do Intellectual Property Lawyers Do?Basically, intellectual property lawyers do everything legal that is connected with intellectual property. For industrial property you might hire an intellectual property lawyer to help you file an application for a patent or trademark, defend your patent or trademark, represent your case before a patent examiner or board, or write a licensing agreement.
You certainly have the right to prepare their own applications and file them and conduct the your own proceedings. However, without having the knowledge that intellectual property lawyers have you may get into considerable difficulty.