Sjoberg & Tebelius, P.A.
Serving Minnesota & Western Wisconsin

Protecting your Company's Intellectual Property

HarleyDavidson.jpgWhen people start businesses, they typically start with a unique product, strategy, or service. They also typically want to brand themselves from the beginning, so they might have a logo, a company name, and maybe even a tagline or jingle so that customers can recognize them easily.

Each of these creations can set a company up for success. However, they can also lead to frustrating legal claims if they step on another company's intellectual property rights.

What is intellectual property?

Intellectual property is a term that refers to works of creation. It can refer to:

  • Inventions
  • Artistic works
  • Literary workers
  • Designs

It also includes images, symbols, and names used in commerce.

If you have something that you or someone in your business has created, then it could warrant legal protection to prohibit others from using, copying, or misrepresenting your work without your permission.

Different types of protection

There are several ways to protect intellectual property, and the proper method depends on the type of property in need of protection. 

  • Copyrights protect artistic and literary works. This includes songs, books, films, computer programs, advertisements and technical drawings.
  • Patents protect inventions. With a patent, an inventor retains control over who--if anyone--can use the invention.
  • Trademarks distinguish a service or goods as belonging to one company and not another. Enterprises might register trademarks for symbols, product packaging, fragrances, colors, words and almost anything else. 

Enforcing ownership

Securing the appropriate method to protect your intellectual property is just one step toward ensuring others do not use it without permission. You must also enforce your ownership by taking action against counterfeiters and infringers. This can include working with an attorney to pursue legal action and seeking financial penalties for violations.

Enforcing intellectual property rights can preserve the integrity of your business; it also minimizes the risk that an outside party will damage your image or reputation by wrongfully identifying substandard goods or services as yours. As such, it is crucial to take intellectual property protection and enforcement measures seriously. 

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Client Testimonials

Client Testimonials

  1. “Thank you for providing personalized professional services to us during a time of grief and loss when family relationships were not the best. With an attorney on board to help manage legal matters, everyone had confidence that the best was being done. ”

    Read More…
  2. “Our estate plan was handled well. We never felt rushed and all details were fully explained. Sam is very professional, easy to talk to and experienced in all aspects of estate planning. He gave examples and explored alternatives for us to consider. Well done and thanks.”

    Read More…
  3. “I was given the name of the law firm by a family friend after helplessly pilfering through endless names on websites. I am grateful I called. I was connected with Dave Meier immediately and from the go, was treated with dignity, care and respect. Every visit to the firm was pleasant and professional. ”

    Read More…
  4. “We were highly impressed upon the level and capability of Sjoberg & Tebelius. They gently showed us that there was much more to achieving the Will in the correct format that will protect our children than the quick attempts we had made on our own. Great people to work with - achieving our desired results!”

    Read More…

Over 30-years of experience Serving Minnesota & Western Wisconsin

Sjoberg & Tebelius, P.A.

2145 Woodlane Drive
Suite 101
Woodbury, MN 55125

Toll Free: 888-892-7044
Phone: 651-315-8856
Fax: 651-738-0020
Map & Directions