Thứ Năm, 14 tháng 3, 2019

When does a business owner not need to worry about registering its intellectual property?

There are not many instances where I would suggest a business owner not worry about protecting their intellectual property. If a product is not a new, innovative product, there is no need to worry about a patent, but trademarking the brand may still be critical to compete and stand out.

If a business owner has a local shop with no plans for interstate expansion, and they do not care if someone in another state has a company with the same name, they may be satisfied with their state’s trademark registry, rather than the federal registry. However, an interstate competitor may have other ideas about expansion and enforcement of its own rights. In those cases, it matters who used the name in commerce first, but it also matters who registered the name first. The outcome can result in a geographic split, but these outcomes are usually the result of expensive litigation that could have prevented with earlier planning.

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