Hiring a patent lawyer can be necessary when you need to protect your works. There are some scenarios that will require you to hire the best Patent Attorney in the business.
You create a product or service that may include the work of others
When the product or service you produce has an element “picked” or “borrowed” from someone else’s work, that’s when you take steps to ensure that your product or service will not stumble in the matter of IPR infringement. Examples are many: Writings, photographs or illustrations in books; music or song in a movie or broadcast, whether deliberately “played” or “unintentionally” audible; photographs, calligraphy or artwork used as t-shirt designs; work to a spoken or emblazoned brand in a public appearance; and much more. Even if the product or service you produce by itself has IPR protection, it does not waive your obligation to respect the intellectual property of another person who may be carrying on your work.
It is not unusual for a film production process or television program in many developed countries to involve a stage called “Copyright / IPR Clearance”, which is usually carried out at the beginning of the time when the movie or program to be produced is still in draft form, and at the end of the day before the results are published . The goal, of course, is to ensure that the products/services produced will not encounter problems in the future. This kind of process is complicated, exhausting, and can add to the burden of production costs; but of course, it’s not worth the pocket to be trampled in a court case or paying a compensation later, right?
When you employ smart and creative employees
Who does not want to have smart and creative employees?
Even if it turns out your employee is not as genius as Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg though, the arrangement of the relationship between the company and the worker associated with the resulting intellectual work still has to get serious attention. The prevailing Intellectual Property Law in Indonesia generally provides that the rights to the intellectual work generated in the official relationship are owned by the employer. But the rules themselves are not set in detail, and a shrewd lawyer may pull out those chapters at will, so you just hope that 1) your lawyer is more sophisticated, and 2) you can afford to pay his bills. What if the resulting intellectual work is not part of the job section, but is made with office facilities during working hours? How about outside working hours? How about this, if that, and so on.