A lot. Owners of property in the United States are provided with certain protections and rights. Property can be protected using patents, copyright laws, and trademarks. Intellectual property is often protected through copyright laws. The Internet has brought forth many new issues when it comes to protecting intellectual property. Infringements can bring forth several responses, from “cease-and-desist” letters to lawsuits.
Your own intellectual property can be protected by a registered trademark. Trademarks can be registered online at the U.S. Patent and Trademark website. Before completing the registration, use the website’s electronic search system, where you can make sure another company hasn’t already registered the trademark you plan to claim.