IP Practice Areas
Intellectual Property (IPELS) is a legal field that refers to creations of the mind such as:
- Musical, literary, and artistic works;
- Symbols, names, images, and designs used in commerce; and
- Copyrights, trademarks, patents, trade secrets, and related rights.
Entertainment law (IPELS) is a term for a mix of more traditional categories of law with a focus on providing legal services to the entertainment industry. The principal areas overlap substantially with the well-known and conventional fields of intellectual property. But generally speaking, the practice of entertainment law often involves questions of:
- Employment law,
- Labor law,
- Securities law,
- Securities interests,
- Agency law,
- Intellectual property, and
- Insurance law.
Sports law (IPELS) is an umbrella term used to describe the legal issues at work in the world of both amateur and professional sports. Sports law overlaps substantially with:
- Labor law,
- Contract law,
- Antitrust law, and
- Tort law.
Issues like defamation and privacy rights are also an integral aspect of sports law. This area of law was established as a separate and important entity only a few decades ago, coinciding with the rise of player-agents and increased media scrutiny of sports law topics.