SEMA is pleased to provide our members with the following information about trademarks, patents and copyrights. The ideas, names, logos and inventions of your company are valuable property and often can be legally protected for your exclusive use. The overview materials (below) will familiarize you with the basics on this topic so that you may take advantage of the law on patents, trademarks and copyrights.
This overview is not intended as a legal "how to" manual but rather as an informational document to help you plan today to protect and get the most out of your company's intellectual property. The overview is supplemented with reference materials provided by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and other government agencies (see links). SEMA recommends securing the assistance of a qualified attorney to assist in planning and protecting your company's intellectual property rights.
The information contained herein is current as of August 2008; however, please be advised that the law is subject to change.
Please contact Stuart Gosswein at the SEMA Washington D.C. office if you have questions or need further information, or call (202) 783-6007, ext. 30.