Florida bar certified IP attorney and US registered patent attorney, creator of iPscaling, and board chair of the Tampa Bay Innovation Center.
Hey, Chris Paradies here. You probably want to know more about why I created iPscaling. I'm motivated by an urgent need that has remained unaddressed by law firms and lawyers for more than two decades.
How can lawyers just sit by and wait until AFTER people get in trouble to do something. Well, some lawyers find it hard to reach potential clients that don't know a problem exists. It's easier, and sometimes more profitable, to wait until the need is urgent, AFTER a lawsuit is filed or someone steals your IP.
And some potential clients procrastinate when it comes to doing what's important and necessary, especially if nobody tells them why it's so important. After all, there are so many things that seem more urgent.
I call experts, innovators and creative entrepreneurs, like artists and entertainers, "iPmakers" because we create something from nothing. We make intellectual property or "IP" that has value to our customers.
So, why do so few iPmakers take action to own and protect their valuable IP? That's a question I've asked for years. There are several answers that I've received.
Here's a list of the most frequent answers that I get when I ask why iPmakers wait too until it's too late to own and protect their IP:
- lack of money
- lack of time
- thought I owned it already
- it just isn't worth it
What's YOUR excuse?
Lack of Money?
Yes, I get it. Owning and protecting your IP is an "investment" at a time when cash can be hard to come by. But, why would you risk losing your most important asset (more on that later) by doing nothing, when you're investing so much time, effort and money in getting your business setup and profitable? iPscaling makes the amount of the investment needed to protect your IP reasonable and limited.
Lack of Time?
Time is the one thing that none of us can get back. However, there is NEVER a lack of time. Before you say "How Can You Say That!", let me explain.
You have time for lots of things IF it's a priority. The question is not whether you have time to own and protect your company's most valuable asset. Rather, it's whether owning and protecting your IP is a greater priority than some of the other things that you do INSTEAD. What if I could show you how to protect all of your valuable IP in just an hour per week over ten weeks?
Thought I Owned It Already?
Well, your company doesn't OWN anything unless it's assigned to the company by an agreement, registered in the name of the company, or created for the company under a Work Made For Hire.
"But I Paid For It!" (I hear some of you thinking.)
Well, sorry, but that's not good enough. You might have an "implied license" in some IP rights if your company "paid in full" for someone's services AND you can prove it. But an implied license can be very limited AND nontransferable. That means you can't sell it.
If you have a statutory employee working within the scope of the employee's duties, your company could be the author of the employee's works of authorship IF you can prove that the works were created during the time of employment AND within the scope of employment.
And everyone else? Well, you would have to have a Work Made For Hire agreement in place BEFORE the work is created, and it would have to be one of the types of works permitted under the Copyright Act. Otherwise, someone else is the author and owns the copyright in the work, even though your company paid to have the work created.
It Just Isn't Worth It?
Now, that can't be true! In fact, $4 out of every $5 in value of companies listed on the S&P 500 is attributed to intangibles or "IP". And if you're not a power company, cable TV company, real estate holding company, or materials manufacturing company, then it's likely that even more than 80% of the value of your company is in its IP!
So, doesn't it make sense to take only one hour per week over the next 10 weeks to own and protect YOUR company's most valuable asset?
If so, then schedule a FREE strategy session with me, today, and find out more about the iPscaling process. >>>