Intellectual Property Protection and IP Audits
Why an Intellectual Property Audit Is Important
When an individual purchases a business, he or she generally acquires both the tangible and intangible assets of the business. Tangible assets include buildings and equipment, while intangible assets may include assets such as patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and domain names. An intellectual property audit involves the inventorying and valuing of the intangible assets of a business.
Intellectual property audits are not only for large businesses. Businesses of all sizes can benefit from an intellectual property audit.
An intellectual property audit is important for the following reasons:
- To maximize protection of intellectual property;
- To minimize the risks of infringement;
- To prevent forfeiture of intellectual property rights;
- To ensure there are no defects in title to a business’ intellectual property; and
- To determine if a business needs to file patent, copyright and/or trademark applications.
The size and scope of an IP audit depends on the size and type of business being audited. No matter what type of business you are considering purchasing, Livingston Loeffler can help you make sound decisions about buying a business by conducting an IP audit. Our firm can also identify intellectual property issues in your current businesses of which you may not be aware. Our attorneys are experienced in these matters and can help you determine the scope and level of intellectual property ownership and protection currently in place and what protection is needed
in the future.
Contact an Intellectual Property Attorney
Contact our offices today to discuss your questions with a lawyer. Call 239-262-8502 to reach us in Naples and Fort Myers, 941-309-5314 to reach us in Sarasota, 1-800-548-4332 to reach us nationwide or send us an e-mail.
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