How To Protect Your Intellectual Property and Why It Is Important To Do So

Tosin Intellectual Property

A lot of founders when they first start a business do not see protecting their intellectual property as a priority. However, if your business is substantially based on your trade secrets it may be necessary for you to do so. If it gets stolen and it is not protected it would be extremely difficult to get any kind of remedy …

What A Shareholders Agreement Is And Why Your Startup Needs One

Tosin Entrepreneurship, Family Business, Intellectual Property

What is a Shareholder Agreement? A shareholders agreement should essentially be the cornerstone of any business venture between founders and partners. It is a legally binding document that sets out the structure of the company. A shareholders agreement can be among many people, not only the co-founders but anyone who has a potential interest in the company. The agreement should …

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The Intellectual Property Act 2014: So What Has Changed?

Linkilaw Intellectual Property

The Intellectual Property Act 2014: What Has Changed? One of primary requests for legal assistance received by Linkilaw is around the issues of patents, trademarks and IP infringement. With the Intellectual Property Act 2014 coming into force on 1st October 2014 and creating changes to issues of designs and patents, we’ve listed below some of the key changes; 1. Ownership When Design …

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What IP Right Protection Do I Need To Stop Robin Thicke Stealing My Work?

Linkilaw Intellectual Property, Legal Advice

IP Right Protection IP right protection represent one of your businesses most valuable assets and you should ensure that they are adequately protected. In March 2015, Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke were ordered to pay damages of $7.3m for copying the 1977 Marvin Gaye hit Got to Give It Up with Blurred Lines, the biggest-selling single of 2013. The fact …

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Essential IP Advice For Small Businesses

Linkilaw Intellectual Property, Legal Advice

Essential IP Advice For Small Businesses Back in 2014, a commentator for Forbes highlighted that more than 80% of a business’ value is derived from intangibles. That means that the vast majority of a company’s value is derived from its intellectual property (IP). IP is any form of creation/innovation, artistic or technical, that an individual and/or business produces. It covers …

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How To Patent Your Technology And Protect Your Business

Linkilaw Intellectual Property

Patents are one of the hardest types of intellectual property a startup can be approved for. However, for many startups a patent is also crucial for long-term profitability, and therefore, survival in the marketplace. So how can you patent your technology and what will ensure that your patent application will be approved? That’s exactly what we’re going to explore in …

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When To Trademark A Business Name

Linkilaw Intellectual Property

Intellectual property theft is always a problem in the business and startup world. It pays to be prudent and make sure that your intellectual property is protected. One of the most important pieces of intellectual property you have is your business name. A business name is not just a name for the sake of having a name. A business name …

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4 Steps You Must Take To Avoid Having Your Trademark Stolen By A Big Corporation

Linkilaw Intellectual Property, Startup Advice & Tips

We’ve been saying for a long time that startups and small businesses need to take intellectual property seriously. Recently we were reminded of a story from 2013, about a young man named Turner Barr who had his trademark stolen by a big corporation. The thing that struck us about this story is how easily all of this could have been …

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Media Law: Why Duran Duran Lost Their Copyright Suit

Linkilaw Intellectual Property, Legal News, Media Law

Duran Duran once sang that they won’t cry for yesterday, but a contract signed in their past has cost them copyrights on their own material in the present, and seemingly forever. Recently the famous band lost a High Court ruling in which it sought to reclaim the US rights to some of its most famous songs. The band was basing …