Anthill Magazine: http://anthillonline.com/launch-start-5-intellectual-property-ip-tips/ Summary: Know your assets - the difference between trade marks, patents, designs and copyright Know your protection options - don't just assume that you are protected or that you can't protect your IP Know how to keep it confidential - don't disclose your ideas until you've taken steps to protect them Know that you own it - when dealing with employees or independent contractors, make sure you have clear written agreements in place Know the marketplace (keep an eye out for copycats) Obviously for service based businesses, there may not be much intellectual property beyond trademarks - but even for product or innovation based businesses, I think it's still something that many startups (myself included) tend to place in the "won't need to worry about this until we're bigger" category. Also known as the "do I really need to engage a lawyer? I hate dealing with lawyers!" category. Does anyone have a good IP lawyer they can recommend?