Information can be a significantly valuable resource, especially for businesses positioned to expand using intellectual property (IP). Georgia has various policies in place to protect different IP types from theft or infringement, allowing the court to enforce sanctions if necessary. Still, the law can only do so much if owners fail to establish safeguards that protect their IP.
The court can always provide aid to victims if the stolen information qualifies as protected IP based on state law, including the following:
- Trade secrets
- Patented inventions
- Copyrights and trademarks
- Documented designs
- Newly discovered flora and fauna varieties
- Utility innovations
- Works of art and science, including audio recordings and other media
In Georgia, stealing these IP types could lead to civil and criminal charges, depending on the case details. Sanctions for this violation can include fines, prison time and other corrective actions.
Implementing IP protective measures
The law gives IP owners the right to protection and legal action against theft. Still, they might be unable to exercise these rights if they fail to file the proper requirements to establish ownership. Businesses and other private entities can only protect IPs if they enforce their rights by registering patents, copyrights and other legal documentation.
Corporations often have a good understanding of how to secure these requirements. However, it might be challenging for small to medium businesses with limited know-how and financial resources. In these instances, it is best to consult an attorney regarding what IP needs protection and how to file for them. These procedures might seem tedious, but they are necessary to protect IPs and fight for them in court if someone else steals them.