Declare in your non-disclosure, teaming, and contract agreements with other entities the precise definition of the Intellectual Property (IP) and Proprietary Data (PD) ownership brought to the table and the exact share of ownership in subsequent development items. Most firms use the efforts of their employees (labor records) as a basis to make these distinctions, but further specificity may be necessary on complex projects.

Intellectual property and proprietary data protection should be tailored to your organization, its industry relationships, people and practices. It must grow as the company grows, adapt to changing conditions and be ever-sensitive to risk.

The best intellectual property protections are well understood, practical, teaming relationships among partners, employees, industry and government. All sides in such relationships lose if disclosure or violations occur.

Establish sound operations practices and train to insure these practices meet the objectives discussed herein to protect your organization IP.

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