Vail Daily column: Part 2 on intellectual property

By Melanie Wong

In the first part of this short series, we defined patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets as protections to various kinds of “intellectual property” and, in turn, defined intellectual property as any product of the human intellect. Patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets protect their owners from unauthorized use of their intellectual property by others. Patents, we determined, apply to inventions. Pursuant to the U.S. Patent Act, patents grant the patent holder the exclusive right to exclude others from making, using, importing, and selling the patented innovation for a limited period of time. The second category of intellectual property is …

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