There are few worse feelings than seeing the work that you produced being used by someone else without permission. I have talked to many creative, small businesses, or freelancers, who are frustrated when they discover that their work has been duplicated. It is a violation of their hard work. Also, when you are boot-strapping your business, it is extremely frustrating to see someone else benefit from your efforts and gain the rewards when you really need those rewards coming to you instead to keep your business afloat.
In this series of posts, I’m going to discuss how to protect your Intellectual Property (“IP”). We’ll start with some definitions here because the difference between each category sometimes gets confusing. The most important part of protecting your IP is knowing what type of IP you have.
First, let’s define the various types of IP:
How to apply for and enforce your rights to your own IP is different for every type of IP. In the following posts (coming every few days or so), we are going to discuss each type of IP independently (I don’t want you to get overwhelmed with one giant post). I am very lucky to have an excellent patent attorney, Ann McCamey, who will be handling the articles on patent law since that is an area in which I do not specialize.
Intellectual Property Getting you Down?
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Author: Aimee Haynes
I motivate, I blog, I listen, I give advice, I help, I create, I work with others, I stand my ground when needed, and I am always open to new ideas. In addition to the qualities that define me most, I'm also a Corporate Law attorney working with entrepreneurs, creatives, and small businesses to help them achieve success..