Your competitors’ intellectual property

Other people are also creative and protect their intangible assets through trade marks, patents and designs. That’s why you should always make sure that your innovations and creations don’t infringe the intellectual property of others.


If you are the manufacturer of an MP3 player, for example, and you put an image of a bitten-into pear on your latest product, you could be infringing Apple’s trade mark. As a consequence, you could receive a written warning or, in a worst-case scenario, might even have to take your product off the market and pay damages.


If you want to avoid disputes with your competitors, then a search can help determine whether:

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