PROTECT YOUR IDEAS!!! …and Intellectual Property Rights
Great ideas are one in a million. Great ideas also make millions! That’s exactly why you should be sure your ideas are properly protected before disclosing them to others or launching a business based on those ideas. Don’t worry, even if you have already begun sharing, creating or marketing your idea, there are ways to still protect yourself and your ideas!
Intellectual property (IP) law enables people and businesses to both protect their ideas and, at the same time, realize financial gain from them. In general, IP refers to your bundle of rights created through the laws of Copyrights, Trademarks, Patents and Trade secrets. An important first step to obtaining this protection and financial gain is to determine the type of intellectual property you own or should own. IP law is complex and the genres of IP often overlap, so making an initial determination of which IP you should protect can often be difficult. To help get you started, we have provided a brief overview of the four major types of IP below.
Since intellectual property is truly a property right granted to a creation of the mind, it should not come as a surprise that the laws regulating and defining IP are complicated. We often see businesses that try to navigate these laws themselves ending up not actually owning any IP at all, whether because someone stole it from them or they did have IP that was subsequently granted, albeit by accident, to another party.
The great new is, we are here to help answer your questions! With our expertise, we can ensure that you and your business maintain and grow beyond your wildest dreams. After your initial evaluation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys you will be able to make fully informed decisions when it comes to protecting your IP! That is really what it is all about.
If you find yourself unsure, even slightly, about what avenue of IP to pursue, please review the materials below and call our office today for an appointment so we may help guide you to the form of IP that would be most beneficial for your business.
Please choose one of the different types of IP you would like to learn more about below!