Intellectual property relates to your ideas and creations. It can be particular to your brand or to products that your business creates. It has commercial value and should be protected. Your business must also be aware of the pitfalls of infringing on the intellectual property of another business or individual.
Intellectual property is protected in law using patents, copyrights, trade marks and designs. These can set your business apart and allow you to offer something distinct from your competitors.
Any business should think about its intellectual property from day one. Often intellectual property will be the only or main asset for a small business starting out. Advice should be sought about the best way to protect the intellectual property rights of your business. You do not want to launch a new and innovative product to the market only to find that your competitors steal your ideas.
As well as protecting your own intellectual property, it is equally important to ensure that you are not interfering with the intellectual property rights of another. If you do so, this could result in costly legal disputes and you may have to rebrand your business.
At Edwards and Co. we provide our clients with early advice to identify your intellectual property, how to protect it and how to ensure you are not infringing the rights of others. We can also advise and represent your business if you become involved in a dispute. This could be because you need to enforce your own rights or because you have been accused of infringing another person’s right.
Our partner Jenny Ebbage has been recommended in Chambers UK in intellectual property rights matters in Northern Ireland.
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