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Protecting property interests at every level of your business

Protecting your property is about more than just setting up a security system and installing motion detectors. Protecting your interests should also extend to the property that you cannot see -- your intellectual property. When someone steals that invaluable type of asset, they could be taking your ideas, your competitive advantage and your livelihood.

Intellectual property includes anything from book ideas to secret recipes, and protecting it is not an easy process. You can take steps to secure whatever is in your IP portfolio by working with a South Carolina lawyer who can identify where you are vulnerable and walk you through the appropriate legal processes.

What is intellectual property and how can I protect it?

Intellectual property typically includes items that fall into the categories of artistic works, designs and inventions, but can also include items such as:

  • Secret formulas
  • Manufacturing processes
  • Restaurant recipes
  • Computer coding or software
  • Music
  • Proprietary information or processes

If it relates to your advantage over the competition, the well-being of your business or could cause financial harm if it were to be lost, it may fall into the category of intellectual property. You would be wise to take the steps needed to ensure that you are secure in the case of theft or threat of theft.

You can secure your legal rights to your intellectual property by applying for and obtaining a patent, trademark or copyright. These can protect you in the following ways:

  • Trademark: Protects works, names, symbols, colors and other distinguishing features
  • Copyright: Protects unpublished and published original works
  • Patent: Confers legal rights to you in case of exploitation of intellectual property

There is an extensive process involved in applying for any of these types of protection. What you need to protect your intellectual property will depend on the nature of the asset and what you intend to do with it.

Enforcing your rights

Just because you have a patent, trademark or copyright in place does not mean that no one will ever attempt to infringe upon your ownership rights. In the event that this happens, you will find it greatly beneficial to discuss your legal options with an experienced attorney who knows how to protect your interests.

When it comes to protecting those assets that are most important and irreplaceable, experience counts. Whether you need to put certain protections into place or you need assistance with enforcement, you will find it greatly beneficial to reach out to a legal professional as soon as possible.

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