Companies or individuals in New Jersey and around the country must submit drawings with their patent applications when visual information is needed to explain what their inventions do or how they work. While these drawings are not required to be museum-quality works of art, they do have to adhere to strict guidelines laid down by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
A New Jersey company that owns intellectual property will likely have a financial interest in preventing its unauthorized use. Intellectual property consists of copyrights, trademarks, patents and trade secrets. These terms represent different creations of the human mind that frequently form proprietary business assets.
New Jersey residents may be familiar with the online retailer CafePress. The company sells t-shirts, coffee mugs, bags and many other products that feature a huge variety of designs and customized logos. Apparently, it has been selling merchandise featuring Ohio State University-themed designs, and OSU is not happy about it.