Aside from being huge and successful businesses, what do Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Apple have in common? They are just a few of the many companies that started in a humble garage. The founders of these companies did not let a lack of funds or property get in their way. We are betting that many of the current tech startups in California have founders that feel the same way.
Ideas are wonderful and can lead to many great things, but the time to start protecting intellectual property is when the first spark of an idea flames into life. If you are working hard on your tech startup, the last thing you want to think about is intellectual property litigation. However, you also need to know that it can happen even in the early stages of building a company.
We want to make sure you understand that it is all too easy to make mistakes that can place your intellectual property at risk. For example, say you have decided to talk about your ideas with an acquaintance in the hopes of getting some good business advice. Your acquaintance thinks your ideas are solid and tells you so. Unfortunately, this person may think your ideas are so good that he or she steals them and starts a company.
The point we hope to make is that it is always a good idea to treat your ideas as property. This means maximizing your security by putting legal protections into place as your tech startup grows and changes. Talk to an attorney about protecting your intellectual property or learn more on these topics by visiting our legal website.