What Is an Intellectual Agreement?
An intellectual agreement is any written document designed to legally protect your intellectual property, your rights, company secrets, and trademark from anyone who wants to plagiarise your work. This also helps companies whose business relies on content creation to lay rightful claim on creativity-made products with the consent of the employees (as is the case of non-compete employee agreements).
How to Write an Intellectual Agreement
Writing an intellectual agreement requires a bit more finesse than most documents because you really need to know what constitutions and laws you can use to protect intellectual property—which, bear in mind, isn't as easy to protect as you would land or a stolen car. Nevertheless, here are some helpful tips you can use to secure yourself a solid intellectual agreement.
1. Get a Lawyer
Due to how many legal loopholes you have to tighten to ensure that your property is well and truly protected, it is best to consult a lawyer or someone who knows the constitution and bylaws well. Though this isn't entirely necessary, it is extremely helpful and highly advised if you want your document to be as constitutionally dependable as possible
2. Have an Idea of What You Need
There are several types of intellectual agreements with different purposes and using the wrong one could hurt your company. Here are a few examples of the types of agreements found and how you can use them
- Intellectual Property Agreement – The usual agreements made to protect intellectual property.
- Confidentiality Agreement – Agreements between two parties to keep business transactions.
- Employee Intellectual Property Agreement – A contract signed by the employee giving all rights he may claim to his work, invention, or content to the company.
Knowing which agreement to use at a given moment and in what way ensures that the document can actually protect your trademarks and copyright claims.
3. Have a Basic Format
You can use one of our templates for this one, but the general consensus is that the agreements stated before have their specific formats and methods of writing techniques. For example, a non-disclosure agreement may be a document all on its own complete with all the details of the company as well as their respective logos, while an employee intellectual property agreement can be stipulated into the terms and conditions of an employment contract
4. Try to Use the IPL
The Intellectual Property Law (IPL) is good constitutional support to any legal agreement looking to enforce intellectual property protection as it covers areas such as infringement, patent, copyright, and trademark.
5. Don't Forget to Triple C
As always, don't forget to use the Triple C's: check, cut, and correct. Check your work for any errors, cut out unnecessary and redundant words, and correct grammar and spelling errors. Remember that small mistakes can make your document seem less professional, less credible, and (worst case scenario) opens up loopholes.