How to Protect Your Intellectual Property
Part of the Inventing For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)
Protect your idea with a patent, registered design and/or registered trade mark. Be aware of and make use of your automatic rights such as copyright. If your invention is really good, you are more than likely going to have to defend your rights. Get good legal advisers, as a product is only as good as it can be defended in a court of law. Use these tips:
Keep good records of your concept and its development.
Conduct a patent search.
Get sound legal advice from a professional.
Use confidentiality, non-disclosure, and employment agreements with anyone and everyone with knowledge of your idea.