What should I do if my copyrighted work has been stolen or counterfeited?
No matter if you are a content writer, designer, musician, or working in any type of enterprise, it is surely hard seeing your established brand and hard work being infringed or, even worse, taken for free. For local companies in Hong Kong, valuable business assets are all protected by the Intellectual Property (IP) Department, such as registered trademarks, copyrights, patents, designs and even trade secrets. Imagine how copyright infringement could impact your business, brand reputation and revenue stream if you keep letting go of the ownership of your creative content.
Before taking legal action…
In the most ideal situation, you successfully contact the alleged infringer and set things out. Think over asking them to take down the infringements, make compensation, or negotiate for additional authorization. If consensus could be reached privately to avoid any legal disputes, of course, it would be the best-case scenario. However, things often go beyond expectations. If the other party is unwilling to cooperate, or the severity of the situation has turned way too unacceptable, resorting to the law is always the most effective way to protect your intellectual property rights and interests.
However, before seeking professional legal support or going to court, you must double-check whether you have all the necessary and relevant evidence. The more information you have on hand, the better your odds in court. On the contrary, if you obtain legal help without sufficient information, chances are even the finest lawyers would not be able to help you win the lawsuit. If you lose the case, not only will your intellectual property rights be lost, but you will also be responsible for covering related legal costs. Therefore, a thorough investigation is the ultimate tip for success in the courtroom.
How can an infringement investigation help you win a copyright lawsuit?
Hiring a professional investigation team to provide you with strong evidence is definitely the most foolproof and wisest choice. Herald’s team conducts all-around intellectual property investigations by carefully looking through the background of the target company to search for relevant evidence that improves your odds of winning.
1. Target Company Background Check
2. Business Site Visits/Approaches
3. Market Survey
If you are suffering from copyright infringement and wish to maximize the protection of your brand image and intellectual property rights, you are more than welcome to contact us. Herald’s distinguished investigators are here to cater to all your needs. By providing advice and formulating long-term response strategies with the collection of key evidence, we strive to help you achieve litigation success.