ntellectual property, like any other form of property, can be bought and sold in a similar fashion.karen millen color contrast dress
What is it?
It includes trade marks, copyright, passing off, counterfeit goods, confidential information and domain names.
There have been many high profile legal battles concerning intellectual property. A recent such battle in Ireland involved Sean Dunne, the property developer and the ownership of the D4Hotels domain name. This involved a legal dispute between Dunne and a former manager as to who was entitled to ownership of the domain name.
The fashion designer, Karen Millen, also brought legal proceedings against Dunnes Stores in relation to the unregistered design of garments that Dunnes were selling in their stores. This was interesting from an intellectual property viewpoint as Karen Millen did not register a trade mark for the design in question. However the court recognised her rights in the unregistered trade mark.
McDonalds are another high profile company who guard their intellectual property rights jealously. And it is important for small business in Ireland to do likewise as for some companies, the only significant asset that they own is their intellectual property rights.. whether that is in a trade name, a domain name or copyright.
Important point re website registrations
It is important to note that whilst the registration of a name is a simple enough process, it is prudent for the owner of a domain name to also register it as a trade mark,
Because you can own the former but not own the trade mark for that same formation of words.
It covers a wide spectrum of commercial activity. A good working knowledge of this area, and how it impacts upon your small business is a must for any serious small business owner.
The whole area of intellectual property and property rights can be a confusing one; karen millen cable knit dress\for this reason you would be well advised to consult a lawyer who is familiar with practicing law in this area.