Does my business have any intellectual property worth protecting?
Even if you’re a small firm, you’ll likely have intellectual property (IP), whether it’s your business name, the way your product looks, copyright on original content you’ve created, or even specific patents on unique technology you’ve built or invented. Understanding what you can and should protect under your IP helps you stay competitive and increases the value of your business. These resources will help you identify and protect its IP cost effectively.
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Intellectual property 101
WHEN: You’re setting up your business and have decided on its name, identity and assets.
WHY: Knowing how to protect your idea and intangible assets, whether it’s an invention or a brand name, can save you a lot of time and money and create value in your business.
WHAT: Information on patents, Intellectual trademarks, copyright and registered designs.
The Intellectual Property Office
WHEN: You want to ensure you have fully protected your copyright, patents, designs and trademarks.
WHY: Having the right type of intellectual property protection helps protect: the names of your products or brands; your inventions; the design or look of your products; and things you write, make or produce.
WHAT: Guidance on which type of protection you get automatically, and which type you have to apply for.
Intellectual property and trademarks
WHEN: You want to protect your IP or your IP has been infringed.
WHY: IP can be the driving force behind your business and should be protected.
WHAT: An article explaining everything you need to know on intellectual property.
WHEN: You need to trademark a name and aren’t sure of the process to follow.
WHY: A stand-out and memorable business name and logo helps a business get noticed from the competition, aiding growth.
WHAT: Information on cost and process to trademark a business name.