Is the intellectual property at your nonprofit protected? Do you know what is considered intellectual property? What if someone else uses the name of the fundraiser that you do every year? What can you do about it? This episode looks at how your nonprofit can protect its intellectual property. Protecting your nonprofit's assets, your name, logo, events and more, is an important part of maximizing your impact. Our guest, Jeanne Seewald, will help answer these questions and make sense of trademark and copyright law as it applies to nonprofit organizations. Jeanne is a partner and Board member at Hahn Loeser and Parks LLP. Her practice focuses on intellectual property, general business, and mergers and acquisitions.
In this episode you'll discover:
If someone takes the name of my event can I do anything? 02:58
Different kinds of trademarks and how they protect you differently. 03:51
Can a trademark alone keep your property safe? Are their any risks? 04:43
What's the difference between a trademark and a copyright? 05:22
What are examples of intellectual property in a nonprofit? 07:37
Intellectual property is an asset! 08:15
What if someone takes the concept of your event? Is that protected? 08:41
Client story: what happens when you don't protect your assets. 11:06
If a nonprofit member's kid helps make a logo for an event, is that his property? or the organizations'? 14:20
What can you do if you infringe on someone's trademark? And how to avoid it. 16:58
Startling trends with domain name thieves 18:25
How to protect your organizations assets now! 21:30
This episode's Coaches Corner answers the listener's question in "Part Two: How Can Nonprofits be More Intentional with the Workforce Development Ladder?' 24:20
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