No business exists in a vacuum; there are always going to be competitors in your space. What sets you apart from your competitors in Houston are those elements that are unique to the service or products that you offer. Given the advantage they offer, it is reasonable to expect that such elements are protected by law. When companies like yours come to us here at The Kruckemeyer Law Firm asking what sort of legal recourse is available to them if and when such protections have been violated, they are comforted to know that there can be severe repercussions are available in cases of intellectual property theft.
Just what is your business' intellectual property? The Federal Bureau of Investigation defines it as your "ideas, inventions, and creative expressions." This can include:
How is their unauthorized use damaging? Aside from taking business away from you, it can also damage your reputation by associating inferior products and services with your own.
Yet how can you prove that your company has been the victim of intellectual property theft? Look for common scenarios that have proven to fall under this offense category in the past. One of the most common is another company using trademarked or copyrighted material that is similar to your own. Patent protection is also an important element in intellectual property cases. While your competitors may produce products or offer services that are similar to yours, your designs and processes are what distinguishes them. Thus, having those designs and processes patented ensures that they cannot be replicated without your approval.
You can learn more about how to resolve cases involving the use of your intellectual property by continuing to explore our site.