How to Protect your Intellectual Property

Intellectual propertyIdeas, confidential information, formulas, and trade secrets are all examples of intellectual property. Intellectual property can give you or your business the advantage over your competition. You might have made a discovery lately that you want to protect. Or, you might have recently had your intellectual property stolen. Finding a way to protect what is rightfully yours can help you prevent, or fight back against, someone who is, or could potentially, benefit from it.

Protecting the intellectual property of your business can preserve your place in the local, national or international market. With the help of an experienced business lawyer, your concerns about protecting what’s yours can be heard, and ultimately protected against it being used without your consent. Seeking the information you need is the first step to safeguarding what’s rightfully yours.

Legal Ways to Protect Intellectual Property

Protect new developments and trade secrets legally by:

  • Putting a trademark on your company name, logo or slogan. This type of protection will bar other companies from selling products under your name or associating themselves with your company. Having a trademark can protect your reputation with your community and beyond.
  • Copyrighting your material. Copyrighting protects written or artistic material from being used without your permission for the duration of your life, plus 70 years. The protection covers the way the idea was expressed, but not the idea itself.
  • Acquiring trade secret protection. Protected by state law, this enforces an idea, secret or formula that is vital to the success of a company. In addition to proving that the information gives the company an advantage, the company must also prove that it has taken measures to protect the secret within the company.

Make sure that your company’s information can be protected by seeking legal assistance, should someone try to steal your intellectual property.

Business Law that Makes Business Sense at Business Law Southwest, LLC

The experienced business lawyers at Business Law Southwest, LLC can help you understand your legal rights and the procedures to protect your property against those who would use it for their own gain. We will spend time with you to understand your business and provide solutions that will protect you legally. Defend what’s rightfully yours by contacting us today.

 

About dkochersberger:

Don Kochersberger is an attorney and partner of Slingshot, LLC, the parent company of Business Law Southwest, LLC, and Law 4 Small Business, P.C. He is licensed to practice law in New Mexico and Texas, and leads the firm's litigation practice.

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