Intellectual property is any property that is not physical, for example trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and trade dress. Unlike physical property that is protected by recording its title, intellectual property is protected by registering it and taking steps to defend it (or keep it secret, if appropriate). Your challenges as a business owner are not only to protect your own intellectual property but also to make sure your use of other people’s intellectual property is permissible. After you learn more below, if you are not completely certain about your or others’ use of particular pieces of IP, contact BLG. We look forward to seeing how we can work for you.