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Yours and mine: Protect your law firm’s intellectual property assets

U?ur Aktekin explores the key considerations in protecting and growing your law ?firm's intellectual property assets

21 May 2013

Creating and maintaining a reputable and trusted brand has become increasingly important for all law firms. Trademarks and copyrights are the most important IP rights for law firms and should be given a high level of attention by senior management.

Trademarks form the legal basis for protecting a law firm’s brand, while copyrights form the legal basis for protecting its knowledge. In order to have a successful and sustainable business, both the firm’s brand and knowledge need to be well managed.

Clarifying rights

IP rights are intangible assets and are either creations of minds or are created ?in the form of distinctive signs. These often give the creator an exclusive ownership and right of use for a ?certain period of time.

The main types of intellectual property rights are patents, trade...

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