Protecting Your Ideas - What is the Lanham Act?

In 1946, Congress enacted the Lanham Act, which is the federal trademark protection law. The Act was created to protect consumers and competitors from a wide variety of misrepresentations of products and services in commerce. The law holds liable any person who uses false advertisements or deception to sell goods or services. It also provides that any person using a mark that may be confused for another’s mark, is liable for damages to the owner of the original mark. Also, since the Lanham Act is a federal law, a trademark owner may bring an infringement law suit in a federal court.