Copyright Act of 1976

Copyright Basics

The term “intellectual property” generally means creations of the mind that are legally protected usually by copyrights, trademarks or patents but also may qualify for protection as trade secrets.[1]  In the United States, copyrights, trademarks and patents are generally the subject of federal laws and regulations, while trade secret protection is provided under the Uniform Trade Secrets Act as adopted by most of the states.  The nature and scope of protection afforded to the different forms of intellectual property differ.