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Three Legal Mistakes Commonly Committed by Start-Up Technology Businesses

Technology is big, and new businesses centred on some aspect of it are popping up all the time. However, the speed with which these businesses – especially web-based ones – can be set up means that legal assistance is often ignored or forgotten about. Problems then become apparent when the business matures. Here are the three legal errors which are commonly made by such businesses.

  1. Not Understanding Creative Asset Ownership

Many think that the products which they sell, services they offer, or even their business name and logo do not need to be protected. However, all of them can qualify for patents, copyrights, and trademarks. It’s far harder and more time-intensive to secure this type of protection after that intellectual property has been around for some time, while obtaining it right after development is fairly easy. If your technology company has any intellectual property which isn’t covered, make sure you seek out legal assistance.

  1. Not Understanding Creative Ownership

Further to the problems associated with failing to protect your intellectual property is the problem of knowing exactly who owns them. Unless appropriate written agreements are in place, the rights usually stay with the creator, not the company itself. This could cause big problems if the person in question decides to leave – they might even compete with you by using material which you asked them to create. Even if you own the company, you need to make sure that legal documentation exists to demonstrate exactly who owns each piece of intellectual property – particularly if you’re a joint owner.

  1. Not Hiring an Experienced Lawyer

Ultimately, these all too common problems can be avoided altogether by hiring a lawyer – preferably one who has developed experience within the relevant technological sector. Make sure you seek out legal advice early, and then maintain contact so that you can easily reach your lawyer or law team when new products are developed, new deals are made, or if major changes are made to the company’s infrastructure. You’ll be glad you sought help early in all of those situations.

 

Ensure that you don’t make these mistakes if you want your business to enjoy a rich, hassle-free future.

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