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133: Protecting Your Work: Copyrights, Trademarks, Patents and Trade Secrets

copyrights patents protecting your work trade secrets trademarks Apr 18, 2024

One of the most confusing parts of being a creative is knowing how and when to protect your work. Today, we're going to walk you through the legal landscape of safeguarding your creations, covering the four different types of intellectual property: copyrights, trademarks, patents, and trade secrets. Now, you might be wondering, what exactly is intellectual property and how do these types differ?

This episode is all about breaking it all down for you. From understanding the nuances of each type of protection to the steps you need to take to get started. But just a quick disclaimer: while I am here to provide you with valuable insights, it's important to remember that I am not a lawyer. So, if you have any specific legal questions, it's always best to seek advice from a professional in this field.

There’s also a little something extra for you—a freebie that I hope you'll never need, called "What to Do If Your Work is Stolen." It's a step-by-step guide to follow if, heaven forbid, this ever happens to you. So, if you're ready to learn about copyrights, trademarks, patents, and trade secrets, and discover which scenario would be best for your unique situation, then let's dive right in and develop a solid strategy to protect your valuable creations. Remember, clarity is key, so let's embrace this knowledge and take the necessary steps to safeguard your work.

One of the most confusing and important parts of being a creative is knowing how to protect our work. Our work is called our intellectual properties and there are many ways to protect it.

 Discussed in this episode:

  1. The different types of protection for intellectual property
  2. When to take legal action
  3. Why it’s important to protect your work

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