>What is it?
An inventory of any and all intellectual property you own, such as copyrights,
trademarks, patents, ideas, trade secrets, and /or your right of publicity.
>Why is an Audit important?
It gives you an idea of what intellectual property rights you have to
protect and what rights you may have inadvertently given away, through
contracts and other documents you signed without knowing it. It also lets
you know if youre infringing someone elses rights without
>Who should perform your Audit?
You can perform a cursory Audit yourself by reviewing your personal files
and documents; or you can hire a professional who is knows exactly what
to look for and is willing to spend the time it might take to complete
>What do you look for?
Youre looking for copyrights trademarks, patents, trade secrets,
or any other protectable intellectual property you might own. For example,
review contracts or anything remotely resembling an agreement that you
signed. Look for articles, books, workbooks youve written, either
alone or with someone else; look for photographs youve taken, business
methods or processes.
>How long does it take?
It depends on how extensive your personal or company file is and how thoroughly
you want to delve into it; and whether youre interested in knowing
about everything of value you own or just a few items..
>What to do with the info?
Its up to you. Recommendations can be made as to how to protect
your work, such as through copyright, trademark, and patent registration
and protective agreements, such as confidentiality agreements.
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