Do you think of Intellectual Property when starting a business? Well, think again!
When a business is starting up there are Intellectual Property (IP) considerations which may not be immediately apparent.
Here are a few ways, in which IP could be relevant:
Name and Identity
Trademark law comes into play when it comes to the business’s name and identity. Business owners may choose a name for their business, which needs to be trademarked for goods or services. Furthermore, if the business becomes well known later in life the name could be used in branding, franchising or licensing agreements.
Photographs and Images
Having photographs incorporated in a business can involve copyright issues particularly if a professional photographer or illustrator is involved. Copyright law protects the work of photographers and illustrators so permission may be required for using these images in publications or commercial contexts.
If a business creates written content for their business these creative works are protected by copyright. This protection extends to written works, illustrations and songs composed for business.
Inventions or Innovations
Where a business inspires inventions or innovations related to products or services these ideas can potentially qualify for patent protection.
The privacy of a business owner and their business’s information and other data is protected by privacy laws. These laws regulate how personal information is collected, used and shared. Businesses create websites or social media accounts for their businesses to document their growth, offer their services and products or share updates with their audience. Registering domain names or using platforms may involve elements of Intellectual Property (IP) and branding.
In essence, the arrival of a new business brings with it a landscape of intellectual property considerations which extend far beyond the immediate moment. From the potential trademark significance of a chosen name to the protected realm of captured memories through copyright, and even the uncharted territory of future innovations, these subtle facets underscore the intricate interplay between personal milestones and the legal frameworks that shape them. It’s important to consider the level of IP involvement varies depending on the actions taken by business owners and the context in which they share information or create content, about their business
As you celebrate your business startup, there is a reminder the story of intellectual property weaves itself seamlessly into the fabric of your business from the minute you start it, adding depth and complexity to the chapters you place into your business startup.