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When should I invest in the protection of trademarks, designs and patents?

With respect to trademarks it is highly recommendable to always protect them because only with a registration you can prohibit the use of similar signs or counterfeit. Moreover you avoid that someone else prohibits yóu from further using the sign. With respect to designs and patents the following applies: if it is easy to copy the design or patent, then protection helps you to keep your competitor on a distance. Disadvantage of the application for protection is that your product or invention becomes public. If you, for example, would like to keep your newest collection of clothing (design) or technology (patent) secret than it is better not to file for design or patent protection. It is also possible to choose for a temporary deferment of your design or patent application.

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