There are basically five areas of IP law which you should be aware of :
_ trade secrets
Fortunately, there is only one area on which you need to focus, and that is copyright, where with a little knowledge, you can successfully protect your own works yourself. Or at least deter infringers by looking like you can.
Trademark registration costs money, and you go to a lawyer or trademark agent for advice. DIY is not advisable, for the reasons I will outline in this book.
Designs and patents are limited in application, and a brief explanation on each is more than most people can stand or need, unless they are involved in these areas.
Lastly, trade secrets law is a DIY area, and once you have a little basic knowledge, you can use this to ward off people who want to steal your ideas.
Extract from "Easy IP: How to use the Law to Protect you Money-Making Ideas" by Paul Brennan
© Paul Brennan 2010. All rights reserved.
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