Trademarks are identifying words, phrases, pictures or brand information used to identify a specific company or entity. When a picture or a phrase calls to mind a specific company, this trademark can have significant value. For instance, the Louis Vuitton trademark of interlocking LV letters can make a purse or piece of luggage worth thousands of dollars more than a similar non-trademarked item. Because of the inherent value in trademarks, intellectual property law affords the owners the right to control, limit and license their use. To learn more about the rights vested in a trademark holder, the restrictions placed on those trademark rights, and the penalties imposed upon those who produce knock-offs of trademarked materials or make unauthorized use of anothers trademark, refer to the links on this page.