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everything you need to know about intellectual property
November 2015

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Intellectual Property

Intellectual property law encompasses a broad category of legal rights designed to protect certain types of information, ideas, names and inventions in their expressed forms.

In the modern world, with so much access to public infor mation online, it can be difficult to know what you can and cannot use legally. It is equally impor tant to understand what intellectual property rights you or your business owns, so that you can commercially exploit these rights to your advantage.

Having a good grasp of intellectual property law therefore plays a pivotal role in allowing you to maximise your competitive position whilst avoiding i nfringing the intellectual property rights of others.

Key Areas of Intellectual Property Protection

  • Copyright
  • Patents
  • Trade marks
  • Registered designs

Other areas of particular relevance for businesses include confidential information, data protection and registration of domain names.

Infringements of your intellectual property is not only unjust, it can affect your commercial interests and as a result should be taken seriously. Although some intellectual property rights can be difficult to enforce, keeping vigilant about your interests and ensuring you have the correct legal documentation to support them will work in your favour. For the registration and defence of patents, for example, legal processes must be followed, and you would strongly benefit from employing a legal professional.

All of these areas can be quite complex, so whilst this guide is intended to provide an initial high-level overview of the key concepts, it does not take into account your specific requirements and should not be considered as a substitute for professional advice. We therefore recommend that you seek independent legal advice before relying on the content of this guide.

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