Reporting Potential Violations
When an IP violation is identified, it’s important to understand the best way to communicate it. Generally, what that means is to avoid in your communication coming to any legal conclusions.
Any potential violation of an IP right of the company or those of a third party should be reported immediately to a legal representative. This should be done verbally by telephone, video call, videoconference, or in person with a legal representative. Initial communication (to set up a more detailed call) may be done using email as long as details are omitted. Details such as patent numbers and product names should not be mentioned in the email or written communication. For direction on how to communicate when reporting IP violations, please refer to the guidelines within this section.
Intellectual property violations could include:
- Misappropriation of confidential information or trade secrets of the company or those of a third party such as a contractor, customer or collaborator
- Infringement of trademarks of the company or a third party
- Infringement of copyrights of the company or a third party
- Infringement of patents of the company or third party
- Violations of terms of IP agreements such as non-use or non-compete restrictions.