Intellectual property rights: remember to protect your business’s creativity and secrets
A business should analyse and protect the intellectual property rights that are important for its operations. Patents and trademarks are ways of protecting yourself against imitators.
Intellectual property rights are an important part of business and innovation. A business’s intellectual property rights (IPR) relate to technology, design, trademarks, brand and trade secrets, for example.
A business can use the likes of a patent, utility model, trademark, design right and copyright to protect itself. It can use them to limit competitors’ activities and defend its own market share, as well as to conquer new markets. That is why important intellectual property rights should be protected. A business should also monitor its own rights and intervene in breaches early.
Where can I get help with IPR?
You can work out for yourself whether your invention is new and patentable, or you can ask one of the following for help: The Keksintösäätiö invention foundation, universities’ and businesses’ invention, innovation or patent agents, specialists at the Finnish Patent and Registration Office.
Many services and forms of support are available for research and development, including IPR.