If you think someone is imitating, copying or stealing your IP, it’s a good idea to take these basic steps:
- Don’t overreact. People get into trouble by thinking they’re in the right, when often they’re not.
- Check your IP. Are you actually being infringed on? Make sure the IP is actually yours and you haven’t, for example, accidentally let your registration lapse.
- Get legal advice. Specialist IP advisors will figure out the best (and most cost-effective way) to defend what’s yours. Read more on prepping for IP advice.
- Consider the costs. Before agreeing to legal action, ask yourself how much this infringement will cost your business. If it’s affecting your bottom line (or is likely to), it may be worth taking legal action to protect your IP.