Intellectual Property Law in Texas


Intellectual property (IP) law in Texas protects creations of the mind, including inventions, literary and artistic works, symbols, names, and images. This area of law includes patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.


1. What is intellectual property law?

   Intellectual property law protects the rights of creators and owners of inventions, literary and artistic works, trademarks, and trade secrets.

2. How do I obtain a patent in Texas?

   To obtain a patent, you must file an application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), demonstrating that your invention is new, useful, and non-obvious.

3. What is the difference between a trademark and a copyright?

   A trademark protects brand names, logos, and slogans used to identify goods or services. A copyright protects original works of authorship, such as books, music, and films.

4. How long does trademark protection last?

   Trademark protection lasts as long as the trademark is in use and properly maintained through periodic renewals with the USPTO.

5. What are trade secrets, and how are they protected?

   Trade secrets are confidential business information that provides a competitive edge. They are protected through non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) and other security measures.

6. How can I enforce my IP rights in Texas?

   IP rights can be enforced through litigation in federal or state courts. Remedies may include injunctions, monetary damages, and attorney’s fees.

7. What should I do if someone infringes on my intellectual property?**

   If you believe your IP rights are being infringed, consult with an IP attorney to evaluate your options, including sending a cease-and-desist letter or filing a lawsuit.