Author Archives : Joe Sekhon

Copyright – The Swiss Army Knife of Intellectual Property Rights


Photo Credit: Eberhard Grossgasteiger Copyright – Not just for ‘creative types’ Whilst copyright protects creative works; it is the wide definition given to such works that should be of interest to startups. Even mundane website content including images, videos and text for example are all potentially protectable by copyright providing of course the originality requirement can be met.  Couple this with the fact…

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Trade Marks – Logos are not the only Fruit


Photo Credit: Kristian Ekelnd Trade marks can protect so much more than just brand logos I think it’s a given that entrepreneurs understand that protecting their company logo should be high on their list of priorities; and in my experience they also know that the way to do this is by applying for a trade mark. Furthermore the UK Intellectual…

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Patents – Not Just The Playground of Big Pharma and Big Tech


Photo Credit: Proxyclick Visitor Management System Patents aren’t just for the ‘big boys’ Contrary to popular belief, patents should be a priority for prelaunch startups. There are a huge number of patents covering almost every product you can buy, so patents are clearly obtainable providing you get the right advice and have an innovative product to patent. Here are some examples of…

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5 Basic Facts Every Musician Should Know About Copyright Law


    Radiohead is suing Lana Del Ray for copyright infringement. This got me thinking; both Lana Del Ray and Radiohead have the support of their respective record labels in fighting this claim; but what about musicians who don’t have this luxury; what do they need to know about copyright so that they can better protect their creative outputs from…

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Can I secure a worldwide patent for my invention?


  Patents: First to File and First to Invent: What’s the Difference and Why does it Matter? In today’s blog post I want to focus on a question which I have been asked on more than one occasion. Can I secure a worldwide patent for my invention?  To answer this question we need to understand three concepts and how they…

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You’ll be surprised what you can protect with a trademark!


  When #startups and #entrepreneurs think of #trademark protection, invariably they look to protect their #logo and #business name. However it is worth noting that #UK trademark law can also help a startup protect a range of other aspects of its brand which budding entrepreneurs may not be aware of. For instance, sounds and musical jingles, also known as #sonictrademarks can…

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IP for Startups & Small Businesses in Under 10 Minutes


No doubt you’ve heard of the term IP or intellectual property and have been directed by colleagues and friends to go and protect your IP.  Many of you may also have Googled the term and will have been confronted with a vast array of search results advising you amongst other things, to apply for a patent, register a trade mark and…

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The one IP contract you must have drafted and ready to deploy…


  What is this contract I hear you ask? A confidentiality or non-disclosure agreement #NDA of course! Given that the UK system of #intellectualpropertyprotection is based on the principle of first to file and not first to invent; it makes sense therefore to ensure any public disclosures of lets say your #product#prototype are done under the shelter of an NDA.…

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