• Inventory your existing intellectual property.
It is important to understand what pirates may copy and how they may attempt to circumvent copyright, trademark and patent laws in order to sell the same or very similar products.
• Understand the protection mechanisms available to you.
U.S. copyright, trademark and patent laws are effective in all 50 states, as well. In addition, there are numerous international laws and protocols that extend some of these protections to foreign countries. However, those same countries also have their own laws, and they do not always seamlessly integrate with U.S. laws.
• Develop and implement a comprehensive protection plan.
An effective integrated protection plan generally includes early identification and internal protection, registration, consistent usage, identification of infringers, proper licensing and active enforcement as the key elements.
Swashbuckling pirates are the things of movies and theme parks. Those of the real variety bear little resemblance to their romantic counterparts, but they can be a real scourge on the high seas of modern international business. OCM
David Baker is a partner with Hart, King & Coldren (firstname.lastname@example.org). Jason Pyrz is an associate in the property rights department of Hart, King & Coldren (email@example.com).