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In the very competitive world of business, it’s important to protect all of your assets, including your intellectual property. But what is intellectual property and how are you supposed to protect it? We’ll learn more in this post. 

What is intellectual property? 

Intellectual property is the name for a category of property that contains intangible things, such as thoughts, ideas, and stories. In short intellectual property involves anything that you create with your mind which means that most people and businesses will have intellectual property in one form or another. Intellectual property can be owned by one person, multiple people, or even a business and can be bought and sold like any other item. 

How do you protect your intellectual property? 

For start-up businesses, creatives, and innovators intellectual property has a tremendous value which is why it’s important to protect it so that you can defend yourself and take legal action should someone try to claim it as their own, but how do you go about protecting something intangible? 

  1. Learn about intellectual property
    If you’re reading this article then you’ve made a good start in protecting your intellectual property because the first thing you should do is to spend a few hours learning what it is and familiarizing yourself with the various patents, copyrights and trademarks out there. Knowledge is power, and by researching the ins and outs of intellectual property you will begin to learn and understand the terminology frequently associated with it which will help you to decipher some of the web pages you may come into contact with later down the line.

  2. Speak to intellectual property professionals
    When it comes to the law and how best to protect your intellectual property it can be best to invest a little time and money on IP consulting. IP consultancy agencies can helo you to understand your intellectual property and advise you on the best way to protect it. Moving forward IP consultancy agencies can also manage your property and helo you should you ever decide to sell it.

  3. File sooner rather than later
    In the race to success, many startup businesses fail to secure patents for their new products before hitting the market, which can leave them open to larger companies stealing their concept and then making it their own. Act sooner rather than later to avoid potential law-suits later down the line.

  4. Don’t forget your international competitors
    Certain patents and copyrights are only valid in the country that the patent was filed in. if you have competitors overseas then don’t forget to research international intellectual property protection.

  5. Invest in NDA’s
    Well written non-disclosure agreements can help to protect your intellectual property from clients, employees, and suppliers. Although these people may not intend to distribute confidential information about your products or services, they may unknowingly do so, so be sure to have NDA’s in place and let relevant parties know about them. 

Protecting your intellectual property is key to achieving the successful monetization of your ideas and products, so if you’re in doubt then it’s always worth checking it out.