Your intellectual property (IP) includes things like trademarks, copyrights, and patents. This is the lifeblood of a small business venture, and it is how you maintain a competitive edge in the modern business world. But what if you suddenly discover that someone else is using your IP? Do you have any recourse? Here are a few things to know.
- You need to make a claim immediately – If someone is using your intellectual property, you risk it spreading to others. The longer you wait, the tougher it will be to stop your IP from spreading out of control until there is really little that you can do about it.
- Find the source – Usually, leaked IP is the result of a former employee. In this case, your employee contracts can help you to pursue legal recourse because you likely had a clause that protected disclosure or theft of your IP.
- Prepare a lawsuit – Partner up with a business attorney and let the company know that they are using your IP. Even if it was an accident, you might be eligible for compensation. Larger corporations would rather settle and get you out of their hair than have to change a logo or other form of IP.
San Diego Intellectual Property Attorney
Whether you want help protecting your intellectual property or you need to go after a company that is using it without your permission, Pokala Law APC is here for you. We’re a small business too, so we know what it is like to have to protect your competitive advantages. Contact us today at 1.844.685.1487 to get started, or you can request an appointment online.