How to protect your intellectual property

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I hired a software developer to make my app. Now that they’re done their work and I’ve paid them, I own the rights to this software. Correct?

Intellectual property, or IP, refers to intangible assets — those that have no physical presence. Unlike tangible assets — cash, inventory, a building — IP is abstract, so it’s hard to quantify. It’s more about protecting certain rights to a thing than the thing itself. But in our increasingly digital world, a small business’ intellectual property is often among its most valuable assets. Learn about the different categories of IP and how to best safeguard your legal rights.

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David Kandestin, People's Law School

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