If you purchase something from a store such as a box of paper, or a brand new pair of sneakers, after you have paid the cashier and received the receipt, you are the legal owner of that property. If someone were to walk up to you in the parking lot and take that new purchase from you, that would be considered stealing and against the law. There is very little confusion in this country when it pertains these laws. What most people fail to realize and understand are that ideas are your property as well, and anything you make or create with your God-given talents belong solely to you. IP laws, or intellectual property laws protect you against theft of your inventions or ideas. If someone steals that information from you and uses it for a financial gain, you have the right to object to this thievery and re-claim ownership. Intellectual property lawyers protect you in these instances and help you exercise your legal rights.
As a student in school you were likely disappointed when you completed a math equation and were able to find the correct answer, yet your teacher wanted to check your work. There was reasoning behind this behavior by our teachers. Our teachers were looking to see how you were able to develop and create the answers through your formulas. The same holds true with intellectual property. If someone takes your ideas or inventions and claims them as their own, they should also have to prove how the idea was developed and the steps taken to achieve the end product, or in many cases, an idea or invention.
You Have The Right To Protect Your Creative Ideas
Just to be clear, your inventions and ideas, or your IP, becomes protected once you take the legal steps to protect them. You must establish your rights through patents, trademarks, service marks, copyrights, or other legal procedures in or to protect them and claim them as your own. You cannot state you were responsible for the invention of the Hover Board because when you watched Back to the Future 25 years ago you built the prototype in your head. It must be written down and submitted through the proper legal channels.
The Internet is rampant with ideas, products and services being offered by individuals, businesses, and all other forms of partnerships. Here we have an example of a golf training aid by The ProZone. From the research completed, and the information on the website, this product is patent pending, and the owners have filed the necessary paperwork in order to claim this idea as their own. Here is a video from one of the owners who explains how the creative process took place, and the steps taken to create this golf training device. The video goes on to explain that there were over 50 variations of the prototype created prior to selling the first one to the public.
As the owner of this product explains, this process was done over a lengthy period of time, and a considerable amount of work was put into make this the successful product it is today. If we were to take that exact same product and create it identically, we would violate intellectual property laws because the proper process was followed.
If you have an idea or invention that you believe needs to be protected, you should contact a intellectual property attorney begin the paperwork process today.