This book is intended as both a primer on intellectual property law and as a general reference for authors, artists, musicians, librarians, entrepreneurs and others interested in learning about intellectual property law and the processes for obtaining copyrights, trademarks and patents in the U.S. and through international agreements.
The main text provides a brief orientation on the relevant law and on the process and cost of applying for patents and trademarks through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and copyrights through the U.S. Copyright Office. In order to make this book as useful as possible as a one-stop reference resource, I have collected and included selective statutory materials, sample forms, and other useful resources in appendices to provide greater depth and context for the material presented in the main text.
This book will serve as a general reference guide with timely, useful information and direct you to additional sources of information both in its comprehensive appendices and online that are available free of charge from a variety of sources. It does not offer legal advice. An attorney can provide you with legal advice tailored to your specific needs, and neither this book nor any of the self-help guides or readily available document preparation services is a substitute for retaining the advice of an experienced lawyer.
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About the Author
Victor D. López is the Cypres Family Distinguished Professor in Legal Studies in Business at Hofstra University's Frank G. Zarb School of Business. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from St. John's University School of Law and is a member of the New York State Bar. His professional affiliations include membership in the New York State Bar Association, the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB), the North East Academy of Legal Studies in Business (NEALSB), and he serves as a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals. He is a past president of the North East Academy of Legal Studies in Business (2011-2012) and has served as the organization's vice-president (2009-2010) and program chair of the 2011 NEALSB Academic Conference.
Professor López published several textbooks in the areas of business law and the legal environment of business that have been used in colleges and universities throughout the U.S. since 1993. His past publishers include Irwin/Mirror Press, McGraw-Hill and Prentice Hall, and in 2010-2011 he published two revised and expanded business law/legal environment textbooks with his new publisher, Textbooks Media, that are available in inexpensive print and electronic versions. The third edition of his Business Law and the Legal Environment of Business was published in July 2016 (2017 Copyright--available at http://www.textbookmedia.com/Products/ViewProduct.aspx?id=4396 ). He has presented articles at conferences and published scholarly articles in refereed journals in recent years in a range of subjects that include immigration law, bankruptcy law, unauthorized practice of law, state and federal efforts to regulate the high cost of college textbooks, and ethics among others. (For a list of current publications you can visit http://victordlopez.com/index.html.)
Since 1990, he has served as a Professor of Business for 12 years at SUNY Delhi and more recently as the dean of the business division at Broome Community College for four years immediately prior to joining the Hofstra University faculty. He has also served as a professor and dean at other higher education institutions since 1987.
Professor López has published law-related textbooks for Irwin/Mirror Press, McGraw Hill, Prentice Hall and Textbook Media Publishing. Since 2011 he has also published short story collections, a book of poetry and a general reference book on intellectual property in paperback and eBook versions through CreateSpace, Kindle Direct Publishing (Amazon) and Smashwords.