Intellectual Property of a Business is often forgotten about until someone tries to take it from you . This could be a major headache
What is Intellectual Property ?
- Patents for inventions
- Trade marks for Brand identity
- Copyright for written material and artistic works
- Designs for product appearance
Each would be an asset of your business. As the owner you can benefit from it. You can sell it hire or licence it out.
As it is not a physical entity it can easily be stolen or used without permission. This can be a deliberate act or can happen accidentally. Every business need sto know how to protect it’s assets.
There is no official register of Copyright. You do not need to take any action for your copyright to be protected. Copyright comes into effect as soon as something is created and recorded eg on paper or on film or on the internet.
It is advisable to mark your work with the copyright symbol © followed by your name and date.This is not legally required but helps if there are any proceedings
You can provide evidence you created work at a specific time by depositing a dated copy with a solicitor or bank or sending an unopened copy to yourself by special delivery.
A Trade Mark is a distinctive symbol that you use to make your goods and services immediately recognizable. It differentiates your products and services from those of your competitors and implies a consistent level of quality or service..
A trade mark can be for a specific product or represent your business as a whole.
~It can be words, sounds, logos and colours or a combination of any of these.
A Trade Mark is registered with the Intellectual Property Office and lasts for 10 years.
If you need help or advice regarding Trade Marks or Copyright please speak to us.