We all have great ideas from time to time, sometimes, we want to capitalize on those ideas and make money and a business in the process. When it comes to ideas, it is a bit harder to trademark and be certain that other people are not going to try to steal your idea, but a great lawyer can help.
What is Licensing and Franchising?
When you come up with a great idea for a character or a logo, you can trademark it to ensure that other companies are not going to see it, decide it will work for their company, then go and steal it. The key is to make sure that your ideas and characters and concepts are trademarked, franchised if necessary, and licensed. This process ensures that if you do catch someone using your idea or concept, you can sue and either require them to pay you for using it, or require that they stop use.
This can help you protect what you have worked so hard to create and can help you get paid if your idea gets used, and you are ok with it. Licensing and franchising is the legal process needed to put a trademark on the idea and to create a legal record that states you have the sole claim to the idea or the concept and no one else can use it without permission.
How Can a Lawyer Help?
Copyright and trademark laws are always changing. You may think you have a firm grasp only to find out that something has changed, and you are no longer the sole owner of your idea or image. A great lawyer can help you with initial copyrights and trademarks and can also keep you apprised of any changes that are going to be made, anything you might need to watch out for, and of course, making sure your legal ownership does not lapse or change in any negative manner. These professionals can make the process so much simpler and faster as well as a bit more secure.