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Preventing Intellectual Property Theft

Intellectual Property Theft Online

Cybercrime is among the most significant threats to trademark law, copyright, and intellectual property. Given the vast and unregulated nature of the internet, it is difficult, if not impossible, for business owners to prevent online intellectual property theft themselves. Professional planning and expertise are required to stop cybercrime and prevent online piracy of your valuable intellectual property (IP).

IP Theft Prevention Through Pre-Planning

If your intellectual property is not yet online in a significant way, proper planning can help to prevent future piracy. The first action to prevent is cybersquatting. Cybersquatting occurs when other parties buy online rights to your trademarks or copyrights before you, solely with the intent of raising the price when you attempt to buy those rights. This most often occurs with domain names and URLs associated with your intellectual property, though it may also include social media platforms.

Intellectual Property Protection Through Proper Execution

As your websites and other resources are set up online, proper positioning can help to prevent cybercrime. Registering trademarks and displaying the registered trademark symbol shows ownership and your intent to protect your Intellectual Property rights. Clear warnings and protective measures over copyrightable material will similarly dissuade cyber thieves looking for vulnerable Intellectual Property.

Cybercrime Monitoring and Litigation

After your cyberspace plan is arranged and active, an ongoing protection plan will prevent future misuse. Even with a clear message of ownership, cyber criminals may still attempt to steal your intellectual property. A failure to find and stop intellectual property theft online weakens your brand and emboldens cyber criminals. Businesses have forfeited millions of dollars and even lost rights due to a failure to protect their intellectual property from cybercrime.

Protect Your IP

Cyberspace can be a threatening place for your intellectual property, but a proper protection plan will prevent you from being the victim of cybercrime. To learn more about cybercrime, online piracy, intellectual property theft on the internet, and how to prevent it, schedule a consultation with an experienced attorney at Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes PLC.


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