When you run a small business, protecting your intellectual property (IP) is a necessity. It is your primary competitive advantage. But what if you discover that someone else is using your copyrighted materials, trademarks, or patented processes? Here are a few things you need to do in that case.
- Hire an IP attorney – You need someone who is experienced in business law. Particularly, you want someone with courtroom experience regarding intellectual property. The sooner you start the process, the better. Once your IP is out there, it is virtually impossible to put the genie back in the bottle, so you need to be properly compensated.
- Determining the source – Besides going after the competing company that is using your IP illegally, you also want to identify how the leak happened to prevent future breaches. IP theft is usually an inside job. If the person is still working for you, that needs to change. If it is a former employee, you will want to pursue legal action against them as well.
- Get the lawsuit ready – Your lawyer will help prepare a suit that will most likely be settled out of court. Most intellectual property theft happens by accident. Especially if you are dealing with a big company, they don’t want a public scandal, so things will likely be settled quietly.
IP Legal Assistance in Southern California
Pokala Law APC can help you to get what you deserve when a competitor tries to use your IP to promote or operate their brand. Give us a call today at 1.844.685.1487, or request an appointment online. We’re San Diego’s choice for a small business attorney.