Intellectual Property (IP) refers to the knowledge you have created and wish to exploit. There are several means of protection, depending on the innovation or idea.
Knowing your weak spots is the first step in preventing your business assets from walking out the door.
All the hard work you put into establishing your brand will be for nought without the right protection.
How do you stop business partners from stealing your great new idea?
What do you do when an email has been accidentally sent to the wrong person? Immediately panic followed by "recalling" the message which only highlights your mistake? We may not even notice we've sent it to the wrong person, and the information transmitted can have huge implications on your business.
In the early stages of negotiation of a transaction or project, parties often record in writing the key terms on which they have reached agreement. Common expressions for this preliminary document include “heads of agreement”, “letter of intent” and “memorandum of understanding” (MOU). This article examines some of the legal and practical implications of entering into an MOU.
In this article, we use the example of technology development to illustrate how your business can get the most out of your Intellectual Property (IP) through licensing.
If you are aware of your rights, or the rights of others, then you are less likely to find yourself in trouble.
E-commerce is short for electronic commerce, and is simply the idea of replacing traditional business activity with business activity that is executed using any information and communication technology (ICT). Whilst this activity is not new, it is the widespread adoption of the internet that has led to the importance of e-commerce to business today. The internet enables organisations to cut through the boundaries of time and geography by putting store owners and customers all over the world into virtual contact with each other to engage in commerce.
Who owns copyright in a logo created by a graphic designer – the graphic designer or the company that commissioned the logo? Businesses often fail to ask this question and incorrectly assume that if they pay a third party to create an advertisement, logo, software, website, photograph or other copyright work, they will own copyright in such works.
The awareness of intellectual property as an important feature of commercial transactions reached its peak in the recent past during the 'dot com era'.
The term ‘knowledge economy’ appears regularly in newspapers and business magazines. At the government level we see knowledge-based strategies for economic growth.
Your Intellectual Property (IP) is probably your most valuable asset - is it protected?
Trade mark owners must strategically protect their key corporate and product identifiers in relevant markets. Otherwise it is open for competitors or squatters to do so, which may have detrimental effects on their commercial dealings in a country, and future plans for business expansion.
Computer technology in the workplace can improve productivity as well as increase access to information. At the same time, it has the potential for decreasing productivity, increasing liability, and increasing costs.
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