The 4 Different Forms of
IP Protection
Intellectual Property
1. Trademarks
2. Patents
3. Copyrights
4. Trade Secrets
1. Trademarks
Definition
• Form of recognition
for a company or
entity.
• Expresses the origin
of a product or item.
• Can...
1. Trademarks
Protecting Trademarks
• Losses are associated with associated with
violations that happen in a matter of mon...
2. Patents
Definition
• Protect original
inventions.
• US now follows first-to-
grant system, meaning
that whoever applies...
2. Patents
Protecting Patents
• Hire a high-quality international translation
company for foreign patents.
• Check for pri...
3. Copyrights
Definition
• Protects written works and
artwork.
• Usually last for a finite period of
time.
• Requires publ...
3. Copyrights
Protecting Copyrights
• Difficult to protect with the internet.
• Litigation is expensive—pick and choose
ba...
4. Trade Secrets
Definition
• Business information:
formulas, practices,
processes, designs, or
compilations of
informatio...
4. Trade Secrets
Protecting Trade Secrets
• Corporate espionage and employee poaching
are illegal.
• To protect informatio...
IP Translation
• International patent translation is a vital part
to protecting your company’s IP.
• MultiLing has the peo...
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The 4 Different Forms of IP Protection

  1. 1. The 4 Different Forms of IP Protection
  2. 2. Intellectual Property 1. Trademarks 2. Patents 3. Copyrights 4. Trade Secrets
  3. 3. 1. Trademarks Definition • Form of recognition for a company or entity. • Expresses the origin of a product or item. • Can be a symbol, design, a name or an expression.
  4. 4. 1. Trademarks Protecting Trademarks • Losses are associated with associated with violations that happen in a matter of months. • Businesses must be proactive and catch violators immediately. • Keep trademarks active by using them regularly.
  5. 5. 2. Patents Definition • Protect original inventions. • US now follows first-to- grant system, meaning that whoever applies first receives the patent. • Gives an entity the right to produce items that use patented knowledge.
  6. 6. 2. Patents Protecting Patents • Hire a high-quality international translation company for foreign patents. • Check for prior art. • Watch out for patent trolls and non-practicing entities.
  7. 7. 3. Copyrights Definition • Protects written works and artwork. • Usually last for a finite period of time. • Requires publishing or date of creation for protection to extend over a work. • Under the Berne Convention, every original work is protected, whether or not it’s registered.
  8. 8. 3. Copyrights Protecting Copyrights • Difficult to protect with the internet. • Litigation is expensive—pick and choose battles. • Most cases don’t go to court, work it out in settlement.
  9. 9. 4. Trade Secrets Definition • Business information: formulas, practices, processes, designs, or compilations of information. • Not accessible to the public or generally known. • Valid reason to retain in secrecy.
  10. 10. 4. Trade Secrets Protecting Trade Secrets • Corporate espionage and employee poaching are illegal. • To protect information, have employees sign non-disclosure or non-compete agreements.
  11. 11. IP Translation • International patent translation is a vital part to protecting your company’s IP. • MultiLing has the people, processes, and technology to give your company high quality IP translations. • Contact MultiLing for a free bid request.

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