What constitutes “intellectual property?” Why is protecting San Diego corporate intellectual property so important? Intellectual Property or IP is a broad legal term referring to unique and original creations of the human mind. This includes obvious corporate work such as logos, trademarks and industrial designs, but also extends to original and copyrighted text, graphics and even video. If your company has developed an original process, document, website, article, video, design or graphics or other creation of the human mind you should register it and protect it.
Intellectual property is part of the work product that your employees create. Your employment contracts and corporate policies should clearly state that your company owns any creative work which is conceived, advanced, created, completed or inspired during the course of employment. This protects the unique information, procedures, ideas and creative work associated with your company and it’s brand. It also forms the foundation of a substantial portion of the valuation of your corporation and your ability to expand markets and income through licensing and distribution agreements.
The experienced IP attorneys at the Watkins Firm can help you to identify your company’s intellectual property and how it is to be protected. We manage the entire process of researching existing copyrights, trademarks, and other intellectual property designations to ensure the uniqueness of your IP and our ability to defend it long term. We prepare and submit all applications and manage the process through public inquiry and comment to the point that you receive the appropriate copyright, trademark or other intellectual property protections.
Once a trademark or copyright has been obtained protecting your San Diego corporate intellectual property includes vigilantly monitoring its use and potential abuses by other companies or individuals. Are you concerned about your company’s intellectual property and its protection? We invite you to contact us for a free consultation at 858-535-1511.