The main types of intellectual property are trademarks, copyrights, patents, and trade secrets. The idea behind granting these rights is to encourage innovation and invention. A skilled lawyer can help you identify, protect, and manage these important rights, including by registering your trademarks and copyrights. That way, you can maintain your competitive edge in your industry while being rewarded for your creativity.
Identifying Your Intellectual Property
For many businesses, particularly in the tech-friendly Seattle area, their most valuable asset is their intellectual property. A primary concern of any business, whether operating in the industrial age or the information age, is protecting its assets. But before a business can protect an asset, it has to be able to identify it. In the industrial age, that was no problem; now, it’s not so easy. Mark can help.
Protecting Your Intellectual Property
Of course, it’s not enough to simply know what your assets are. You have to protect them. To do this, you’ll likely want to register your trademarks, copyrights, etc. Having a lawyer’s help with this process not only increases the likelihood of success, but also decreases the amount of time it will take. Once you’ve obtained protection for your intellectual property, you’ll be better able to enforce your rights and prevent infringement.
Managing Your Intellectual Property
So now you know what intellectual property you own and how to protect it, but what good is your intellectual property if you don’t use it? An experienced lawyer can help you with licensing, assigning, and otherwise transferring trademarks, copyrights, and patents to others in exchange for something of value. A lawyer can also help create assignment agreements to ensure that you retain ownership of intellectual property created by your employees or consultants while performing work for you.