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if your business ID is as good as Maxine's you can't wait to start making and selling your product but how can you make sure that no one copies or steals your idea the law won't protect Maxine's idea for a flying shoe but it will protect how she expresses her idea there are four different types of legal protection available one trademark to design registration three patents for copyright a trademark can protect your business name or logo it distinguishes your products and services from your competitors helping you create a memorable brand when you register a trademark you can stop other businesses from using that mark without your permission design registration will protect the aesthetics of your product for example the shape or pattern it's important that your design is new and distinctive this means it must not be identical to any existing design that has been disclosed publicly a patent will protect the function of an invention which contains a novel feature your invention is novel if it's unique and works in a way that would not be obvious to others in your industry for example Maxine could register a patent for the technology she's created to make her shoofly that technology would be new and unlike anything that already exists copyright automatically protects the original expression of an idea like music artwork or films so once Maxine writes her own shoe jingle she doesn't need to register anything to receive legal protection for her lyrics and melody she has the exclusive right to use the jingle and can stop anyone from reproducing it without her permission finally you can ask someone to sign a nondisclosure agreement or NDA to keep your ideas confidential so Maxine may meet with a product designer to explain her idea before engaging their services but before Maxine discloses any information she could ask the designer to sign an NDA to make sure the designer doesn't use her information if you have a great business idea worth protecting get in touch with legal visions IP lawyers today
Thanks for your comment Ezekiel Jackovitz, have a nice day.
- Katharine Trueheart, Staff Member
Thanks for this interesting article
Thanks Noah your participation is very much appreciated
- Katharine Trueheart
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I've studied phytopathology at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg and I am an expert in flow chemistry. I usually feel blank. My previous job was livestock commission agent I held this position for 20 years, I love talking about powerlifting and ice fishing. Huge fan of Bono I practice equestrian: dressage and collect ephemera.
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