Benefits of IP Protection

Why Trade mark

Registering your trade mark gives the holder the exclusive right to use that mark for the goods or services that it covers in the United Kingdom.

Being registered at companies house and having a domain name does not mean your business's name is protected from other people using it.

Once the mark is registered you can put the ® symbol next to it to warn others against using it. However, using this symbol for a trade mark that is not registered is a criminal offense.

Benefits of having a trademark

A registered trade mark:

  • Put people off using your trade mark without your permission.
  • Makes it much easier for you to take legal action against anyone who uses your trade mark without your permission.
  • Allows Trading Standards Officers or Police to bring criminal charges against counterfeiters if they use your trade mark.
  • Is your property, which means you can sell it, franchise it or let other people have a license that allows them to use it.

Why Copyright

Copyright allows you to protect your original material and stops others from using your work without your permission. The existence of copyright may be enough on its own to stop others from trying to exploit your material. If it doesn't, it gives you the right to take legal action and to claim damages.

Benefits of copyrighting

By understanding and using your copyright and related rights protection, you can:

  • Sell the copyright but retain the moral rights.
  • License your copyright for use by others but retain the ownership.
  • Object if your work is distorted or mutilated.

Copyright gives the right owner numerous exclusive economic rights

 

 

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