Protecting Your Company’s Intellectual Property

Every business has vital information that should be protected from the hands of competition

“In order to maintain protection, you have to maintain secrecy,” Henry says. “Ensure that all new employees, independent contractors, and vendors are subject to trade secret agreements, which could be confidentiality or non-disclosure agreements.”

It’s best to talk to an intellectual property attorney to see which area of the law offers your company its best protection. That’s what Albright does. “Starting a business is scary in and of itself, but it’s scarier if you don’t ask for advice,” she says.

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  • Thank you for the article on Intellectual Property. I have a triathlon coaching company and club called: T3Multisports;; I did register my logo with the USPTO and bought the domain name to support my business and website. There is now another gentleman in another state that started a company called: T3Multisport as you can see less the (s) in Multisport; he also created a logo similar to mine; see his site:

    I approached him by phone to discuss this; his answer was that he was not competing with me in Texas and that his web designers didn’t look at my site. I don’t believe this just based on his name, logo and solgan: “where the finishline is just the beginning.” My slogan is: “Transitioning Athletes to the Next Level.” on my site I talk about what that means and he replicated the meaning in his slogan.

    What options do I have?

    T3Multisports, LLC

  • Erika Ali

    I am trying to start a custom tshirt buisness snd i don’t want anyone to take my ideas. I have a name that i would like to place on the tag or shirt. Do i need to purchase a trademark?
    Thank you and i look forward to hearing from you.
    Erika Ali

  • This article omits the idea of patent pending as a less extensive and significantly cheaper option for protecting ideas. With a description of an idea and ~$100 for the filing fee, an inventor can gain patent pending protection on before talking to investors.

  • I filed my trademark soon after forming my LLC. you can use a service like legalzoom or to help you file a trademark

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