Intellectual Property Tips For Robotics

Intellectual Property Tips For Robotics Innovators – Making Science Fiction a Reality!

Jul 11, 2024

When we think of future technology, one of the first things we often picture is robots and robotics. They’ve been a hallmark of science fiction for decades, and though the technology already exists today (even in household settings — think the Roomba!), it’s exciting to think of where they will grow. Schools foster robotics clubs for scientifically minded kids who want to see what they can create. And for some engineers, the idea of creating robotic technology to share with the world is the dream career. But to really thrive in a robotics career, you need to know how to protect your intellectual property. Without IP protection, your best ideas could end up being someone else’s latest invention. Let’s dive into what you need to know about intellectual property as a robotics innovator.

What Can You Protect As a Robotics Innovator?

When you’re working on something as complex and exciting as a robotics project, you want to protect as much as possible. The worst thing that could happen would be for a competitor to copy your unprotected work and take all the credit and earnings from it. So what can you protect with respect to your IP?

Software Code

Robotics are controlled by a software code that programs their functions and cues. This software can be copyrighted so that the unique code can’t be copied by pirates and used or duplicated without your permission — and, very importantly, without you receiving some royalties. More importantly, it is important to file software patent applications to protect the programs that run your robots.

Unique Design

You can trademark unique designs such as packaging or distinct product shapes or colors when they serve no utility function to your product. If you paint your robot in a distinct color scheme or you create a sleek design for a robot that hasn’t been used before, you may register a trademark for that design.

Manufacturing Process

Have a distinct manufacturing process that you use to create your robotics products? You can patent that process so that no one else can take credit for it. You can also protect this process as a trade secret, using NDAs and making sure that only relevant people have access to the process you use. You may also do this with software code.

The Overall Product and Function

If you have schematics for the robotics product, you can also patent your unique product. This ensures that you are always given credit for your unique take on the technology and that no one can take it without crediting and paying you. 

Name of the Product and Branding

You will want to register trademark for the name of your company, the name of the robotics product, and any branding elements. For instance if you use a specific logo on your robotics projects, you should get a registered trademark for that logo. If you use a particular typeface or font for your brand name or the robot name, that should have a registered trademark, as well.

How To Protect Your Robotics IP With Garcia-Zamor

With so many different steps that need to be taken to fully protect your intellectual property, it may seem overwhelming. That’s why the IP law experts at Garcia-Zamor are here to help. We can take care of copyright and trademark registration, patent applications, drafting NDAs, and more. We’ll also conduct research to ensure your IP hasn’t been infringed on. With an IP legal team at your side, you won’t have to worry about the details of protecting your intellectual property. Just focus on what you do best, and we’ll do the same.