How to Protect Intellectual Property
Friday, March 13th, 2015 @ 4:23PM
Intellectual property can also be defined as intangible assets. Usually, intellectual property will fall into one of these categories: music, art, inventions, symbols, logos, designs, brands, or trade secrets.
In order to protect intellectual property, you will want to register your IP, which will preserves the rights of inventors, artists, businesses, etc…
Once Intellectual Property is registered, it has the same ownership rights as that of physical property. Intellectual property can be bought, sold, or transferred in the same way as a piece of land, a house, or an automobile.
There are several ways to protect your intellectual property. Depends on the type of IP that you have, you’ll need to chose the proper registration. An experienced Intellectual Property Attorney will be able to guide you through the registration process to protect your IP and make it legally yours.
Patents are generally reserved for inventions. If you have developed a product or process that is unique, and plan to profit from it, you’ll want to seek a patent registration. Patent registrations are often a complex process that requires a patent lawyer with experience in patent law.
A copyright registration will protect original works like authorship, literary compositions, music, drama, photography, audio, video, software and other intellectual works. The owner of the copyright should begin using the standard copyright symbol when registration is completed.
A trademark registration will protect the name of your business, product, or service by preventing others from representing a business, product, or service under the same or similar name. The first step in a trademark registration is to conduct a trademark search to confirm that a trademark has not already been registred.
A Final Word
The Lomnitzer Law Firm, P.A. will consult to review your needs and guide you based on experience and knowledge of the law. For more information regarding how to properly protect your intellectual property, contact us to learn how we can be of assistance to you.