20 Oct Why and how to protect intellectual property rights in the UK?
Why and how to protect intellectual property rights in the UK?
UK intellectual property (IP) law encompasses several different forms and types of IP such as copyright, trade marks, patents, design rights and trade secrets. IP is defined as any intangible creative work and, therefore, for legal purposes is considered an asset.
It is important to protect your IP to avoid possible infringement and dreaded, expensive, time consuming commercial disputes. It is also important to understand not only how to protect your own rights but also how to avoid infringing upon another’s IP.
The forms of protection that you are granted will vary on the work being protected and whether you have registered the work with the relevant organisations. Some IP rights are acquired automatically, these are known as unregistered rights, whereas other IP rights can only be granted upon application to the relevant organisations and they qualify as registered rights.
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