Products and processes. New or improved machines. Designs, symbols and images. Works of art, music and literature. All of these different “creations of the mind” have one thing in common: They can have tremendous commercial value.
That’s why businesses take great pain to preserve their ideas and protect such intellectual property from unauthorized use by others. Check out four basic types of intellectual property protection: patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret. Then explore other important IP issues. Here are some basics to consider, taken from our A Guide To Intellectual Property Protection .