An original concept needs to be protected. The ‘intangible’ things you create include technical or business know-how, ideas, inventions, products, processes, brands and designs which are protected by intellectual property.

In such a connected world it is essential to begin with the right intellectual property (IP) strategy to protect your ideas and inventions. Today, more than ever, concepts can easily be shared across the globe in a matter of seconds, and similarly a process can be hacked or re-engineered often with ease.

So before you begin, start with a solid IP strategy which supports your business goals. This can reveal your position in the marketplace and expose barriers to entering the market, or achieving growth.

Do I need a patent or a trade mark?

What is a patent?

Patents are monopoly rights which apply to all industries. A patent protects how things work, what they do, how they do it, what they are made of or how they are made.

What is a design?

Designs protect the aesthetic appearance of products. Registered designs can be cheap and easy to obtain. This gives a good level of protection against competitors who may make similar looking products.

What is a trade mark?

These are signs (words and logos) which are used to distinguish the goods and services of one trader from another trader.

What is copyright?

Copyright relates to original materials written, made or created and protects against direct copying. Aspects of copyright include ownership, exploitation and licensing of items including:

  • Books and plays
  • Musical works and compositions
  • Art, photography, broadcasts and films
  • Design drawings
  • Computer software
  • Client lists
  • Brochures

Intellectual property is a complex area with the potential for the creator to lose £millions. Our experienced team headed by Leslie Prichard can help you reduce this risk. Please contact us if you have any questions – [email protected]

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