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What should I do if I want people to try something I created but I don’t have a patent or trademark yet?

It depends on what you’re really trying to protect. If it’s your company name, logo or slogan then registering for a trademark would be helpful. If you’re a new comic book company or a movie studio then registering your copyrights would be the move. Patents can help a bunch of different industries. If you have a new / novel item then it might be patentable. If you’re just starting out then a provisional patent might be your best option. A provisional patent application provides you with an earlier filing date if you file for a corresponding non-provisional patent application within a year. In your situation, you have to be careful with rules on public disclosure.Drafting up a solid non-disclosure agreement (NDA) is a common mechanism to protect your IP too. An NDA requires those that deal with your company to keep things quiet, and to keep trade secrets actually secret.

If you’re looking for some guidance from an experienced intellectual property (IP) attorney then look at LawTrades. We’re a platform for businesses to find the legal protection they need for the price they can afford. Our platform makes your experience painless as well. Check us out! (full discl. = I’m the CEO).

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