For some, it is the orientation, planning and founding stage, others speak of pre-seed, seed and start-up. Regardless of the term used to refer to this first phase of a company, it is without a doubt a particularly exciting stage in your career as a founder. After all, you will encounter numerous challenges, from registering your business to choosing the legal form and resulting tax consequences to protecting your brand. And as if that were not enough, your start-up also faces numerous further legal questions, for instance as regards the articles of association, supply agreements, GTCs, data protection or financing.
Protect both your own and others’ intellectual property
We are all well aware that intellectual property (IP) is among the most valuable assets of a start-up. So it is key to protect IP rights. There are two things we deem particularly important when advising start-ups:
Many founders automatically think “patents” when they hear intellectual property – but IP is much more than that. It includes brands, copyrighted works (e.g. software), designs as well as proprietary know-how. So there is a multitude of topics in industrial property law that merit close attention right from the foundation of your enterprise. Not least because mistakes or careless omissions can have grave consequences for the future development of your start-up.
A further point is that IP is not only about safeguarding one’s own intellectual property. It is just as important that your start-up does not infringe upon the rights of other parties, which means that all rights you need to produce and market products or services must not be held by third parties (e.g. service providers, former employers), but by your start-up.
How we support you:
- We develop a strategy for your start-up to cost-efficiently protect your IP.
- We assess whether rights of other companies or persons are in conflict with this strategy and, if so, work out solutions.
- We register intellectual property and handle the application process.
- We satisfy all documentation requirements with regard to your IP.
- We help you monitor that your IP rights are not violated and take legal action in the event of an infringement.