An Intellectual Property Boutique
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Frequently Asked
Questions
Q: What is intellectual property?

A: Intellectual property refers to a creation of the mind. It is a piece of work or idea that is expressed in a medium which can be shared and distributed or can be recreated or manufactured. Patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets are forms of intellectual property.

Q: How much does it cost?

A: The cost depends upon the type of protection sought. The fees include attorney time and government filing fees. Attorney fees vary dependent upon experience and location. A current fee schedule for the US Patents and Trademark Office can be found by clicking here. If you are interested in intellectual property fees outside the US please visit our resources section.

Q: On average, how long does it take?

A: According to the US Patents and Trademark Office website, the average patent application time is 24.6 months. Regarding trademarks, an applicant generally will receive a filing receipt 3 weeks after submitting an application and will publish approximately 9 months after filing. A copyright exists the moment the work is created; however, in order to institute an infringement suit, the copyright owner must register with the copyright office. The registration fee may be found here. In that case, your work is registered when it has been submitted. Trade secrets become protected the moment you take steps to protect it as valuable proprietary information.

Q: What do I need to know?

A: While the costs of seeking advice and counsel on these issues may seem expensive, the costs to a business of not at least being aware of the issues and having a plan for dealing with them can be detrimental. As an aid in dealing with these issues, review an intellectual primer to become familiar with the basic types of intellectual property patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets -- and develop an understanding of basic agreements (e.g., confidentiality, consulting, service) that may offer assistance in protecting your intellectual property rights and your business.

We will gladly send you a copy of the short pamphlets developed by us. Please provide your information at Contact Wagner Law to receive a copy.

Q: What if my question/ concern is not addressed on this FAQs page?

A: If your question or concern is not referenced on this page please visit our contact page or call us at 503.477.8666.
Disclaimer.  These FAQs are for information purposes only.  It is not legal advice and is not intended to create an attorney-client
relationship.  Any decision to obtain legal advice should not be based solely on this information.  Also, please be advised that
because of certain time limitations the law imposes upon anyone who wishes to pursue a matter, you should promptly have an in
person consultation with an attorney if you wish to pursue your matter.