If an individual or company owns some intellectual property rights (or IP rights) they will often need to get clued up on how to protect these rights from others copying them.
Those responsible for developing a particular work, product or project will have total control of its IP so they can exploit it commercially and use it as they wish.
Some of these IP rights are granted automatically, but for others IP protection has to be sought.
Some large corporations and businesses can deal with securing IP protection in house. However, many medium and small-sized businesses and individuals do not have those resources, but they do not need to miss out on securing their intellectual property rights.
In looking to protect your rights, would be well advised to search for a specialist intellectual property lawyer – i.e. A lawyer who only provides intellectual property services. Such experts can be found online or sometimes in local directories. Many of these which are able to offer IP advice offer a free initial consultation, either on the phone or face to face.
It is especially important to make sure that your intellectual property lawyer is a real specialist as the rules and regulations surrounding IP are very complicated. By using the services of such experts no business or individual should miss out on securing intellectual property protection owing to a technicality.
An intellectual property lawyer will be able to explain to the client the different types of IP. These are copyright, design protection, patents and trademarks.
Copyright applies to various types of creative work. Included are literary, dramatic and artistic works, recording and broadcasts. Copyright means that the work must not be reproduced by anyone else without the rights holder’s permission.
Another form of IP protection is design rights. The design of a product is registered meaning that it cannot be replicated elsewhere without permission. The term ‘product’ also includes packaging, typographic type faces and graphic symbols.
Patent protection is associated with new inventions and developments. As with copyright and design protection patents prevent anyone else from replicating or commercially exploiting them without permission.
The trademark, sometimes known as a brand, helps distinguish a company and/or its goods and services from its rivals. This is especially important out in the marketplace where customer brand loyalty is all important.
The principle around the concept of IP rights is to protect those who have developed or produced goods or services. However, rights holders can still grant permission to others – this is through done through what is known as a licensing agreement. Your specialist intellectual property lawyer will be able to negotiate and draft such an agreement for you.