If you are an author or artist, or if your business uses a logo or catch phrase, you may need to protect your work with a copyright or trademark. A copyright is a form of protection provided to the authors of “original works of authorship” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works, both published and unpublished. A trademark is a word, name, symbol or device which is used in trade with goods to indicate the source of the goods and to distinguish them from the goods of others. If you do not take the necessary legal steps to protect your original works of authorship, others may claim your work as their own. You can prevent others from claiming your work as their own by filing the appropriate legal paperwork to copyright or trademark your ideas. For example, the “Chat Now!” feature of this web site is owned and registered by Phillips Law Firm, Inc. to prevent others from using our intellectual property. The attorneys at Phillips Law Firm, Inc. have helped businesses protect their names and products by filing for copyrights and trademarks. We also team with specialized patent attorneys to protect your inventions when appropriate. If you need help with copyrights or trademarks, contact us. If you need help with a patent, let us refer you to an attorney that we trust with your invention.