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February 6, 2019



Separated into two groups, the term “intellectual property” denotes a creation of the mind:

  • Inventions

  • Art

  • Literary works

  • Names, images, and symbols used in commerce

The first category, Industrial Property, will encompass trademarks, patents for inventions, geographical indications, and industrial designs.


The second category, Copyrights, will include architectural designs and literary works (i.e. books, plays, poems, etc.) and artistic pieces (i.e. sculptures, photographs, paintings, drawings, and films). Copyrights also extend to:

  • Artists and dancers in their performances

  • Broadcasters and television personalities in their radio satellite, internet or television programs

  • Recording artists and producers as they make music

A knowledgeable intellectual property lawyer in Santa Monica can help if you have any questions about how to protect your creation.


The progression of humanity is based on our ability to conceptualize, then create new innovative works in culture and technology. This is why protecting intellectual property is so important.


When an individual, cohort, or company knows it is legally protected, ideas flow with confidence. Additional resources are committed for even greater innovation. That innovation fuels economic growth by providing new job opportunities.


What are the Benefits for the Average Person?


Intellectual property rights benefit society as a whole in a number of ways:

  • Multi-billion dollar recording, publishing, software, or film companies (which bring pleasure to billions of people globally) would not exist without the protection of their copyrights.

  • Inventors and researchers would not be incentivized to create more efficient and improved products without the safeguards offered by the patent system.

  • Without trademark protection, the marketplace would not be able to purchase goods or services confidently due to the high level of piracy and counterfeit products.

Clarifying Intellectual Property Rights


The significance of intellectual property dates back to the late 1800s when two treaties were ordered by the World Intellectual Property Organization to protect the creations of artists.


The rights governing intellectual property are similar to other property rights. They legally protect owners or creators of trademarks, patents or other copyrighted work, which allows them to benefit from their time invested in the product’s creation.


Intellectual property rights are detailed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 27 to be specific.


Experienced Intellectual Property Lawyers in Santa Monica and Los Angeles


An original work, brand name, invention or idea are all deemed intellectual property and, as such, are the object of misappropriation and theft. The livelihood of shareholders and employees in an organization should not be threatened due to the act of those with a low moral compass.


Countless business enterprises started with the foundation of a solid concept that grew into a product or service that provided value to consumers.


The intellectual property attorneys at Verhagen Bennett work diligently to recognize and protect their clients’ intellectual property rights. This may involve:

  • Trade secrets

  • Trademarks

  • Copyrights

  • Licenses

  • Managing domestic and international trademarks

Whether you are an entrepreneur, artist, designer, musician, or other creator, schedule a consultation with our intellectual property lawyers or call (310) 917-1064 to learn how we can help you.

For questions or comments about this post, please email us directly at: info@VerhagenBennett.com


© 2018 Verhagen Bennett LLP — This article is for general information only. The information presented should not be construed to be formal legal advice nor the formation of a lawyer/client relationship.


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