– Intellectual Property (IP)

What is IP?

Intellectual property refers to the creation by human minds such as; inventions, literary and artistic works, and symbols, names, images, and designs used commercially. ™There is no IP protection in the UK for ideas or concepts, only for expression of those ideas or concepts.

Intellectual Property is protected by:

™Patents and Design Rights on technical solutions, new inventions and products
– ™Copyright for literary, artistic, dramatic and musical works
™- Trade Marks on branding instruments or brand names, words, sounds and even (very rarely) smells.

It is important to consider how you can protect, exploit and manage your intellectual property effectively.

IP = Income

When creating your work there are key factors that you need to take into consideration.

– Listing your creative assets which includes; logos, company name or brand, packaging design, products and software. This step entails every aspect towards your final idea.

– Then checking your designs, initial ideas and concepts to make that they are original and unique.

™- Marking  all copies of your work with the copyright logo, name, country as well as the date.

™- Securing internet domain names to safeguard your brand.
– ™Keep constant and good records of work as well as work in progress like; sketches, notes, drafts, diagrams, contracts, letters and email communications.
– Charge an assignment fee is the clients wants to use your work, always seek external advice before doing so.
™– Use a Creative Commons licence if you want to control and share your IP.
The difference from an artworker to a designer is that  designers charge for their work to be used.
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