So you’ve designed, created or recorded the next big thing and you want to share it with the world. But have you thought about what you would do if someone was to steal your idea?
Imagine if you tried to show someone your new invention but it had already been created without you knowing. There are ways in which you can stop this happening and protect your creations in the future.
Anything that is unique and physically created can be protected under intellectual property rights. Sadly an idea alone isn’t so it’s best to get it down on paper or on your computer as soon as you can. The intellectual property is owned by you if you created it, bought it from the creator or previous owner, or if you have a brand that could be a trademark. You don’t own the rights if you created it whilst working for someone else.
There are several ways of protecting different types of Intellectual Property and here they are:
Copyright – literary works (including writing), art, photography, films, TV, music, web content and sound recording
Trademark – brand/product names, logos and jingles
Patents – inventions and products, e.g. machines and machine parts, tools or medicines
Design Right – shapes of objects
Registered Designs – appearance of a product including shape, packaging, patterns, colours or decoration.
More than one type of intellectual property protection could be linked to a single product. For example: the name and logo could be registered as a trademark, the product’s unique shape a registered design, a new working part patented, and the drawing of the product copyrighted.
It’s a good idea to look at all the parts of your new creation and protect it as much as you can. You don’t want someone coming along and making something similar just because you hadn’t registered one tiny part.
Safeguarding your intellectual property rights also means you are more protected if your product is counterfeited. Counterfeiting can be defined as the manufacture, importation, distribution and sale of products which falsely carry the trade mark of a genuine brand without permission and for gain or loss to another.
If you need any help regarding intellectual property rights Slater and Gordon Lawyers specialise in providing expert legal advice and support services for business, creative individuals and agencies.
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