Savvy strategies for protecting your Intellectual Property rights

 

  • Delegate responsibility for Intellectual Property to somebody in your organisation so that rights are managed centrally and expertly
  • Keep records and evidence such as logging dated and signed copies of drawings and drafts
  • Ensure employment and consultancy contracts clearly state your ownership of all Intellectual Property
  • Ensure any other unregistered rights are owned by the company or that it has the requisite licence to use them
  • Identify materials which are automatically protected by copyright and emphasise wherever possible with the copyright symbol, your name and the creation date
  • Implement a procedure to handle infringers of your Intellectual Property rights, which is fairly inexpensive to put in place but will avoid substantial losses
  • Obtain a patent for a new or improved product or process, preventing the making, using or selling of it without your permission, in most cases for at least twenty years

Trademarks

  • A trademark is an important business asset that helps you to obtain and retain customers and reinforce a distinctive brand that people trust and with a quality product or service
  • Conduct a search to determine whether your proposed trademark might infringe another’s rights via the Intellectual Property Office (www.ipo.gov.uk). Searches should cover the actual proposed mark and any obvious variations (e.g. of spelling)
  • It also protects your business and its reputation from others using the same or similar trademark in relation to the same or similar goods and/or services in which your trademark is registered  

Designs

  • A registered design provides the owner with the exclusive right to making, offering, putting on the market, importing, exporting or using a product in which the same or a similar design is incorporated. It is advisable if you wish to protect the appearance of something, such as a 3D object or 2D design, but the design must be new and have individual character. It also protects the overall appearance of a product, i.e. the lines, contours, colours, shape, texture or materials
  • UK and EU design registration is relatively inexpensive and normally quite a speedy process as the application is not checked to see whether the design is new and has individual character A valid design registration may be obtained in the UK if the application is filed within the 12-month grace period from first publication of the design

Intellectual Property and Trademark law is very complex so it is advisable to seek specialist advice before proceeding. Contact one of our Intellectual Property Solicitors today for specialist advice on protecting your ideas, business name and Intellectual Property from day one.

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