It is hard to imagine a world without any law and even harder to imagine a society without lawyers. Lawyers have been playing a vital role in maintaining peace in the society and work according to laws that is acceptable to everyone. Lawyers have long been appointed to look after property disputes and other related matters – thus the word ‘property’ is clear to us.
But what about Intellectual property? What is it? The term originated when there arose a serious need for a law to govern the intellectual properties of an individual. For example, it is something that can be called an idea or an individual’s expression – in the form of a book or poetry or can even be art and music.
Thus, a new position of lawyer’s, intellectual property job was created. Such jobs need lawyers who are experienced as well as well-versed in the relatively new law. There is a growing demand for lawyers who specialize in the intellectual property laws and individual rights over their intellectual properties. The very fact that the lawyer has to deal with something that cannot be seen like a building or land and exists in the artists’ minds – this makes it a challenging job and a mere qualification and degree won’t do any good.
You have to specialize in the following four areas:
•Trade Secret Law and
What you need to do as a Lawyer?
•The best time to engage a person and educate him about his IP rights would be when the individual is starting out and the idea is in its nascent stage. This will give you and the artist, sufficient time to ponder and clear the legal loopholes and the artist would be on his way to making the biggest hit of his career!
•You, as a lawyer would have to do lots of writing and reading work and refer to the cases that have come to the fore. Though the IP rights cases are not as numerous as the other cases, still a good job can be done in case you’re well-versed and know what you’re doing.
•The remuneration is at par with the best paying lawyer jobs and if you can get hold of case that involves a big artist name, there is no limit to your earnings! Although a strenuous job, this is a rewarding experience that you will cherish your whole life.
Intellectual property laws and rights are still in the formative years and a lot of exhaustive work needs to be done before the law can reach a standard where it would be hard for a ‘pirate’ to gain from piracy.