How to Protect Your IP as a Business Owner
When it comes to protecting your intellectual property, ideally, you want to act as quickly and aggressively as possible. What this means, in practice, is that as soon as you start to apply for state or federal licensing, incorporating, or taking any sort of legal steps to make your business a reality, you want to start working on getting the proper IP protection. Start identifying elements of the business and products that you can protect via trademark, copyright, and patent (more on those in a moment), as well as practices to maintain your trade secrets.
t this stage, most companies may simply want to make sure that what you’re filing for hasn’t already been claimed by another business. This can be accomplished by searching the online U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) database for your exact mark or obvious variations.
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