Intellectual property
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What exactly is intellectual property?

Intellectual property assets are essential unquantifiable business assets that are legally protected. During the early stages of launching a startup, it is advised to investigate the issue of intellectual property security.

What is protection of intellectual property assets?

IP rights are a valuable asset in the modern world of business. The integration of a portfolio of intellectual property permits the security of ideas, products, and technologies, as well as the transfer and investment of innovations. The protection of intellectual property as an asset increases the enterprise's commercial value and its allure to outside investors.

The following areas are afforded IP protection:

  • copyright; 
  • trademark registration; 
  • patent protection; 
  • trade secret protection.

IP (intellectual property) as an asset of a business

Startups must first ascertain which IP rights already exist and which are pending. The varieties of intellectual property will vary depending on the location of the activity, its growth stage, and its ideas, processes, and products.

A crucial aspect is the definition of intellectual property ownership (the owner or the enterprise itself). As a precaution against future legal issues, experts advise entrepreneurs to register the rights to their company's IP assets during the startup phase.

What types of intellectual property can comprise a portfolio?

It is necessary to conduct intellectual property due diligence in order to identify the forms of IP that comprise the portfolio of intellectual property now and in the future. There are a number of categories of intellectual property that cover various assets and have their own set of rights.

1
Copyright

Given to the creators of original works. Copyright protection is accorded to works that are physically manifest. Copyright violators are dealt with in a variety of ways by various jurisdictions.

2
Trademark

This label is used to identify and differentiate the products of one manufacturer from those of another. Service marks used to identify services rather than products are also trademarks. Experts in the field can provide you with additional information on protecting intellectual property rights through trademarking.

3
Patents

New, distinctive, and useful inventions are granted IP patent protection. The protection afforded by patentable intellectual property rights may extend to tangible objects and processes, but not to abstract concepts or ideas. The patent holder may grant a license for the invention's use.

4
Trade and commercial secrets

The intellectual assets of the firm can be protected by registering them with government agencies. In different jurisdictions, the registration requirements and duration for granting IP protection may vary.

Intellectual property rights protection as a company asset

The conclusion of a confidentiality or non-disclosure agreement is one of the available options for obtaining legal protection for the intellectual property assets of a company. Lawyers should draft confidentiality agreements, taking into account and incorporating all necessary secrecy requirements regarding the product or service's most sensitive information. Our specialists can assist you in drafting a non-disclosure agreement and accompany you when launching an international business venture.

A license grants a third party partner use, branding, and distribution rights to your products. There are many reasons for licensing, to make sure that all intellectual property protection requirements in the license agreement are fully spelled out, it is necessary to consult with lawyers.

There is joint ownership of intellectual property, which confers control over a copyright, trademark, or patent to different parties. Without the permission of the other owner, each owner could replicate, reproduce, distribute, or use the intellectual property. In a joint ownership structure, profits and benefits are shared.

Why is IP so important to startups?

In order to launch a startup in Europe, Asia, or any other continent, external funding is required. In this instance, the portfolio of intellectual property is crucial to attracting investors. A venture capitalist or other investor is primarily interested in a startup's ownership of the intellectual property underlying the business. If a company cannot demonstrate that it owns all of the rights to its IP, potential investors may look elsewhere. Avoid situations in which a company infringes on the intellectual property of a third party, exposing it to potentially costly and time-consuming infringement claims.

Intellectual Property Protection Roadmap: Conduct intellectual property due diligence to better comprehend a startup's portfolio. You must determine if your company owns all IP rights and consider the level of protection.

Conclusion

Intellectual property is recognized as one of the most valuable assets; therefore, it is prudent to seek assistance in preparing documentation for submitting an application for IP rights registration.

IQ Decision UK specializes in the following services:

  • Registration of intellectual property rights consultations.
  • Consultations regarding the regulation of IP rights in various nations.
  • Analyzing the portfolio of intellectual property assets and providing recommendations to mitigate potential risks.
  • Intellectual property due diligence.
  • Support for the development of IP rights protection strategies.
  • Assistance with the preparation of documentation for submitting an application for IP registration.

In the context of digitalization, intellectual property disputes are inevitable; our experts are prepared to assist in the resolution of commercial litigation.

FAQ

What exactly is intellectual property?

Intellectual assets are referred to as "intangible" assets. Inventions, new technologies, new brands, original software, new developments, one-of-a-kind processes, and other innovations are among them. Intellectual property rights are legal rights that protect the owners of intellectual property. Intellectual property is an intangible property that protects the work, identifier, or invention created as a result of the creation.

 

What are the various types of IS?

There are four types of intellectual property: 

  • copyright;
  • trademarks;
  • patents;
  • and trade secrets.

 

In accordance with the law, there are separate rules for IP registration and protection for each of these types.

How can I protect my intellectual property?

The majority of intellectual property is protected if properly registered (e.g. trademarks, patents). If you need to register a trademark or another IP object, you should seek the advice of a specialist. Experts at IQ Decision UK are available to provide advice on intellectual property regulation and assistance with the registration process.

 

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