INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY FOR INTERNATIONAL STARTUPS
Every country has its own regulations, that doesn´t necessarily are the same as internationally and need to understand them well before acting.
Employment agreements, lease contracts, company registration procedure are different in every country and many times it is difficult to figure out everything.
Why is so important to work on your intellectual property protection?
Most products and services are protected by a combination of IP rights. It can be patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret.
A startup would need to trademark their name and logo and to use trade secrets law to protect the design and components of its upcoming products.
The startup should use Non-Disclosure Agreements to ensure that they can restrict the appropriation of confidential information regarding the innovations by employees or third-parties. It is not only about trademark, agreements and trade secrets, it is also important to know what to do in each situation: a software developed by a freelancer, space that is being held on a short lease, customer list brought personally to the startup.
The protection of IP must be an integral part of the startup´s business strategy.
What are the most important needs international startups have?
AGREEMENTS & CONTRACTS
INFORMATION ON CHANGES IN LOCAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS
Advice on R&D&I protection.
Record of innovations.
Advice in disputes against third parties, competitors, or copyright infringements.
Copyright protection contracts with your innovation team (employees) – protection against unfair competition.
Advice and protection for the internationalization of this innovation in other markets.