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What are intellectual property rights?

As you put down roots in Georgia to start up your business, you come up with many unique ideas, systems or products that you have put a lot of time and effort into. So how to you protect those items that belong to you?

This is where intellectual property rights come in. The World Trade Organization defines these rights as being available to allow people to protect their own ideas, giving them exclusive rights to their creations for a set amount of time. This generally means that they will be the only ones profiting from the use of the idea or product, and that no one else will legally be able to use the idea, reproduce the product, or otherwise try to make money off of your ideas.

Industrial property is one part of these rights. This covers solid physical things such as trademarks, locations, signs, or other physical ways of identifying your product or brand. It can also include specific types of technology that has been created by you to improve your production process, or the products that you are marketing.

Copyrighting is the other part. This is for artistic works, such as authors, musicians, poets, sculptures, computer programmers, directors and film production staff, and photographers. This will allow you to protect the ideas behind your art, as well as your rights as a performer. You will also be able to protect your bottom line by disallowing people from reproducing and reselling your art without your permission.

By covering all your bases and copyrighting your work, you will be able to make sure that you and your company get all of the credit for your ideas that you deserve.

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