Some foreign countries, particularly those in the early stages of industrial development, are known to illegally copy product designs and technologies that originated from developed countries. What are the best ways for small businesses to protect their technical knowhow in foreign countries?
Most enterprises ignored the legal available protection system by government entities, such as patent or copyright systems, in their early phases.
They believe that after a product is established as a brand and becomes well-known, the patent and copyright applications will be filed.
However, they eventually discovered that their brand design had already been replicated.
1.So, the first step is to obtain a patent and copyright before launching the goods to produce the design and brand, which will legally allow you to pursue a case if someone copies your brand design.
2.Technology theft is more of an internal breach of trust; when hiring for sensitive positions where technology can be taken and shared with others, proper background checks are required; also, the check-in and check-out procedures must be strictly followed, and proper checking of these employees must be adhered to.
3. No storage devices, such as pen drives or CDs, on which files may be transferred, must be permitted inside the main office area.
4. When alerting consumers about the validity of a product, advertising must be carefully considered.
5. Inform distributors and suppliers that selling copied items might harm their reputation and customer confidence, so they may act to safeguard product design copying.
6. Establishing a department to address such challenges.
7. Knowing the laws of other countries to protect product design and technology theft and then making policies can help the company a lot, as sometimes countries protect the rights of their own companies rather than foreign companies complaints when there is a lack of implementation of the countries laws to protect theft.
8. Some businesses have a MAPP, “manufacturers against product piracy” procedure that they must follow while visiting a foreign nation; if you are a part of this sector, you must follow to safeguard technology theft.
9. The US Food and Drug Administration suggests using RFID, or radio frequency identification systems, to defend trademark and design piracy.
(When conducting business in the United States) As a result, every country has some framework to defend the rights of businesses when it comes to product theft and technology theft.