Intellectual property: Do you need to protect it?

A company should decide as soon as possible whether it intends to protect its innovations and other creations (such as inventions, logos, product designs or packaging designs) and how it is going to do this.

In terms of inventions, a company must act before disclosing its idea. Companies must also ensure they do not infringe intellectual property rights (trademarks, patents, designs and copyrights) belonging to others. Ideally, you should define a strategy for the protection of intellectual property.

When creating a business, you should be aware that registration in the trade register does not protect your business name (company name) as a trademark. A company is only partially protected against the use of its name by third parties to designate their products or services. For this reason, it may be worthwhile registering the business name in the trademark register as well.

Information on the protection of innovations and creations by registering patents, trademarks and designs and on copyright is available in the "Intellectual Property” section.


Last modification 12.04.2021

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