Intellectual Property law is a complex area dealt with by a specialist IP Solicitors, and is designed to protect the ideas and creations of individuals and businesses.
Intellectual Property law can be difficult to understand, as it is a complex area. If your business has intellectual property issues, you really need to get specialist intellectual property advice from experienced IP lawyers. Below are some commonly asked questions relating to intellectual property:
What is intellectual property?
Intellectual property is something that is a creation of the mind . This is anything that has stemmed from a particular person’s original idea, such as artwork, writing, logos, trademarks, designs, inventions etc.
What are the different types of IP protection?
There are different types of protection that are in use to provide a legal framework to safeguard the ideas and creations of individuals and businesses. The main ones are patents, copyright, design rights and trademarks. The most appropriate one will be used to protect your work and in some cases multiple types of protection may be used.
Why use specialist IP lawyers to protect your rights?
Using a specialist intellectual property lawyer means that you will have the expertise and experience of these legal professionals to ensure that your ideas and creations have watertight protection. These lawyers can also help with taking action if your intellectual property rights are infringed in the future.
What other things can specialist lawyers help with?
Experienced IP lawyers can offer on many other IP related areas in addition to protection and enforcement, including:
- Management and identification of your intellectual property
- Brand management
- Drafting IP agreements
- Filing of trademarks
- Protection of IP rights
- Enforcement against infringement of IP rights/representation in any intellectual property litigation
- Deciding which IP protection should be applied
- Determining when IP infringement has taken place so that action can be taken
- Handling all issues relating to intellectual property rights to safeguard the ideas and creations of both individuals and businesses
- Offering peace of mind to clients with regards to the security of their work or ideas by ensuring the right processes are used and the relevant protection put in place
Should I speak to an IP lawyer before I speak to anyone else about my idea or work?
Yes- this is absolutely essential, because you could lose your right to protection [such as patent protection] if you have disclosed details about your ideas and creations to someone else without having them sign a confidentiality agreement – or even if you are simply working on your plans in a place that is publicly accessible.
For more information about intellectual property and how important it is to your business, visit our specialist Copyright Lawyers and Intellectual Property Lawyer microsites – or call us on 01722 422300 for free initial phone advice.