Intellectual Property, or “IP,” differs from other types of property in that it originates from the ideas of individuals rather than from ownership of tangible articles. Intellectual Property is a generic term covering a variety of different property rights including patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret rights. Patent rights protect inventions, both design and utility. Trademarks protect the identity of a source of goods or services – your name and reputation. Copyright protects a work of authorship, i.e. the expression of an idea.  Trade Secret protects those ideas whose value comes from keeping the ideas secret. Each of these types of IP have their own sets of issues. Walder IP Law, P.C. assists clients with each of these different types of IP with a primary focus on patents and trademarks.