Patents, Trademarks & Copyrights


Patents, trademarks and copyrights provide legal rights and protections to the owners of different forms of intellectual property (IP) — that is, creations of the intellect:

  • Patents protect inventions;
  • Trademarks or service marks protect brand names, logos and designs that identify and distinguish products and services; and
  • Copyrights protect expressions of ideas in a tangible form.

An organization's IP is often among its most valuable assets. As an IP owner, an organization has the legal right to exclude others from using its IP or to use it subject to licensing fees and restrictions. But these legal rights can be lost if the organization does not secure patent, trademark or copyright protection as needed or does not handle its IP in a protectable manner.

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Key Resources

For your convenience, ACC has compiled the following key resources to assist you in your compliance efforts.

For more try searching ACC's online library for "intellectual property"

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