4 Tips On Protecting Your Intellectual Property
Along with human creativity and inventiveness, intellectual property is all around us. This being said, your company should systematically consider the steps needed for protecting, managing and administering IP in order to get the best possible commercial results from its ownership.
Use Copyright and Trademark NoticesAlthough copyright and trademark notices are not mandatory, their effective use can considerably enhance your intellectual property rights, including eradicating an "innocent infringement" defense.
Collect All Licenses in WritingEvery time your company lets others - such as affiliated entities, or endorsed vendors - use your name, logos, copyrighted works, and other intellectual property, put the terms and conditions of the license in writing.
Rules for Interactive Online ServicesAs part of your company's chat rooms, networks, e-mail exchanges, and other member-interactive online services, frequently distribute rules that prohibit the posting of any copyright-infringing materials. You don't want to be violating other company's IP either.
Agreements with Board and Committee MembersSuch a form can be used to enforce confidentiality obligations on members and to include conflict of interest disclosure. These agreements are imperative and should be written very early in a business' lifecycle.