In today's knowledge-based economy, intellectual property plays an increasingly important role to you as an entrepreneur. Intellectual property rights increasingly determine the competitive position and value of your company or organization. Every company, whether non-profit or (semi) government, possesses intellectual property or will find itself confronted with it sooner or later in (international) trade. But what exactly are intellectual property rights?
Intellectual property, also known as IP law (Intellectual Property) is a collective term for rights of ownership to intellectual creations, such as text, music, inventions, software, games and photos. An intellectual property right gives the holder a temporary right to exclusively use /exploit for a specific area and/or application. There are different types of intellectual property rights, including copyright, trademark, trade name rights, database rights, design rights and patents. Related areas of law include domain name protection and trade secrecy.
A creative product can also be protected by multiple intellectual or related rights. Proper protection of your intellectual property rights is of the utmost (commercial) importance to your company. It is also important that you avoid infringing on another party’s intellectual property rights. Not in the least because, even an unconscious infringement can lead to, among other, large claims.
The lawyers of Rotshuizen Geense Advocaten are well versed in intellectual property law ranging from advice on the protection and exploitation of your intellectual property rights to conducting (international) infringement procedures. We can also assist in drafting and assessing license agreements, IT contracts, good confidentiality agreements and non-competition provisions. Rotshuizen Geense Advocaten has been a member of Word Link for Law for many years and therefore has an extensive international network of leading intellectual property lawyers.