Intellectual property (IP) are owned ideas that can be protected through patents, trademarks, or copyrights. It is important to start protecting your IP early when starting a business and to not disclose your product’s secrets—not only to prevent another business from using your idea but also because disclosure can prevent you from obtaining a patent.
Resources to learn more
The following are resources where you can learn more about intellectual property protection in the United States.
- United States Patent and Trademark Office – “The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting US patents and registering trademarks.”
- US Copyright Office – “The US Copyright Office promotes creativity and free expression by administering the nation’s copyright laws and by providing impartial, expert advice on copyright law and policy for the benefit of all.”
Read More: Basics of Intellectual Property