For those of us who grew up outside of the upper class, it’s safe to bet that our parents weren’t dabbling in the intellectual property (IP) game.
IP commonly refers to trademarks, copyrights, patents and inventions. It’s about time for you learn more about it, and start protecting your ideas. It just might make you a ton of money!
About 10 years ago, I used some written content from another company’s brochure and slapped my logo on it. It was general information, so I didn’t think it was a big deal. No harm no foul… right? Wrong!
Long story short, my version of the brochure got back to the original author who sued me for $20 million! The company that sued me was gracious enough to drop the charges, but that’s a big damn number and it definitely woke my ass up to the world of IP.
I learned my lesson, and from that day forward I never put my name or logo on ANYTHING I didn’t write myself. Since that horrific lawsuit hit my email almost a decade ago, I have written and published 8 books, I have more than 10 trademarks, and 20 copyrights. I also own thousands of domain names that I trade and sell for profit.
I went from knowing nothing about intellectual property (and almost getting my ass handed to me), to being all about IP. In fact, I’ve earned millions of dollars on my protected intellectual property. Yes… it’s made me a millionaire!
My advice is to go on Amazon and buy some books on IP. Go buy an hour or two of an intellectual property focused lawyer’s time and see if your ideas have value. Why wouldn’t you? What have you got to lose? Nothing!
The only way that people (like me… and I’m assuming most of you) can get ahead and kick ass on all fronts is to know how the game is played at the highest level. Big time players know all about IP. Trust me on that one.