IP Protections for Small Businesses
If you are the owner of a small business or plan to start a company in 2022, you should consider your options for protecting your company’s intellectual property. The following are possible protections that might work for small businesses.
Patents – If your business is built around an invention or other novel software or product, you might qualify for a patent. There are utility, design, and plant patents, and our Orlando patent lawyer can advise you which one is appropriate for you. The application process can be complicated and extensive, so you want legal help throughout this process.
Trademarks – You might spend a lot of time and energy building your brand, including the company name, logos, symbols, and other designs that identify you and what you do. You do not want to risk others coming in and using your company name or brand identifiers, so you can seek trademark protection to signal your ownership. If you provide a service instead of goods, you can seek a service mark.
Copyright – Some companies produce original works of literature, music, art, movies, and other creative works. When you create this, you automatically have copyright ownership of it, but registering your copyright provides you with additional rights under the law should someone try to misuse your protected work.
Trade secrets – Not every company obtains formal protections from the U.S. Copyright Office or the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Instead, you can take specific steps to protect certain proprietary information, including inventions and formulas, as trade secrets.
Speak with an Orlando Intellectual Property Attorney Right Away
To know which options for IP protections are right for your small business, do not wait to discuss your intellectual property with Daniel Law Offices, PA. Contact us to learn about our legal services and how we can help your company on its path to success.