If you are considering a career as an attorney, consider becoming an intellectual property attorney. In this role, you will help businesses protect their brand name rights by helping them apply for patents and trademarks.
A patent is a way to copyright, or legally prevent the copying or reproduction, of any products your client’s company designs. A trademark is a copyright for images or logos associated with your brands. Trademarked property is usually marked with a TM symbol that protects the image from reproduction.
As an intellectual property lawyer, you will work with a law firm to protect your clients and their brands by helping them register their trademarks and patents with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, a federal organization that specializes in working with trademarks and patents. Once the patent office searches their database and confirms that your client is authorized to register their materials and information, the office will authorize that your client has legal rights over - and is the sole owner of - their property.
If your client finds that another entity is reproducing their trademark or products in person or online, it will be your responsible to start litigation, or legal proceedings, to stop the actions and protect your client from this kind of theft.
To become a lawyer, you will need to obtain a law degree from an accredited university, and most firms also require internship experience. You may start as a legal secretary or assistant, and throughout your career may work your way up to becoming a partner or owning your own firm.
Being an attorney may mean working hard on a wide variety of issues, but you will be dedicating your life to protecting the rights of others.