As a Nevada business owner, you work every day to develop new products, build your brand and market your ideas to the public. One constant problem that business owners face is when their products are stolen or replicated by another company. According to the World Intellectual Property Organization, anything that is a creation of the mind is considered intellectual property and has the same rights as any other property.

Intellectual property can include artistic works, inventions, literary works, images and names used in commerce.  IP rights allow owners or creators of copyright, trademarked or patented work to benefit from their investment and work in a creation.

Copyrights cover films, literary works, architectural design, artistic works and music. Literary works may include things such as plays, poems and novels and artistic works can refer to sculptures, photographs, paintings and drawings. Copyright laws give artists, authors and other creators protection for their literary and artistic creations or works. A person or entity holding a copyright can control the reproduction, communication, performance, broadcasting, adaptation or translation of the work.  Trademarks are signs that identify certain services or goods provided or produced by a company or an individual. Trademarks help consumers purchase and identify services and products. A patent is an exclusive right granted for an invention, a product or process that provides a new way of doing something, or that offers a new solution to a problem.

Companies and individuals rely upon intellectual property laws to help them develop new services and products to sell to the public without fear of them being misappropriated, infringed upon or stolen. Businesses and individuals often benefit from speaking to an attorney if they have intellectual property they need protected.

This is for educational purposes and should not be interpreted as legal advice.