When everyone works in the same office, intellectual property rights are fairly straightforward. Employees produce work on company time, using company property, at the company’s office, and that work belongs to the company. This traditional structure insulates businesses from most claims against their IP and invention rights.
Remote work changes the dynamic by introducing new vulnerabilities. That’s not to say companies should avoid hiring employees in other countries: on the contrary, a global workforce is an essential strength for companies to remain competitive, even small businesses. However, companies should be cautious to avoid unnecessary risk while growing their global teams.
As the top global employment solutions provider, Remote helps businesses with workers in dozens of countries protect their IP from both internal and external vulnerabilities. Let’s look at the challenges of international laws and examine how Remote provides the best IP and invention rights protection in the industry.
Which companies should care about IP and invention rights with remote workers?
The short answer: all of them. If you have workers abroad, you need to be concerned about protecting your IP and invention rights. Even if you don’t believe you have much intellectual property, you probably do. Your brand, for example, is part of your intellectual property.
Certain businesses should pay special attention to IP rights:
These are only a few examples of situations where IP and invention rights protections are essential. Now that it’s easier than ever for companies of all sizes to employ international workers, every startup should take IP protection seriously from the beginning to avoid major headaches down the road.
First, it is vital to understand that intellectual property laws vary from country to country. The approach a company uses to protect its IP and invention rights in one country may not work in another. Failure to understand, respect, and follow the laws of another country could result in loss of protections for the company’s IP and invention rights.
Losing these protections can lead to a host of problems: some small, others catastrophic. For example:
In some countries, intellectual property rights default to the creator over the commissioner. So, if your company works with a contractor in another country, the intellectual property for the work that contractor creates may default to the contractor if the contract has any weaknesses. Employment contracts tend to be more secure than contractor agreements, but companies can still lose IP and invention rights protections in foreign countries in some instances.
The worst danger, however, arises when a company believes its IP is secure when it is not. Some global employment solutions providers rely on third parties, passing the IP of their customers back and forth between multiple places. This is one of the clearest advantages of an owned-entity global employment solution over a partner-dependent global employment solution.
Failing to protect your IP and invention rights comes with consequences. On the other hand, successfully protecting those rights insulates your business from harm while empowering you to grow your global team with confidence.
Remote offers the most secure, most reliable IP and invention rights protections in the industry. In fact, Remote’s global employment solution is so strong, we actually offer a higher level of protection than you could achieve through a direct transfer of IP from your international employees to your company.
Learn how Remote protects your intellectual property around the world with Remote IP Guard.
It may sound strange, but because countries have different laws on how IP enters and exits the country, Remote’s global employment solution can provide greater security than a direct employee-to-company international transfer.
Remote is able to offer the highest level of protection because:
Some global employment solutions providers do not own their own entities. Instead, they rely on partners to handle the workload on their behalf. Not only is this model more expensive for customers, but it also means your IP gets passed through multiple parties before finally reaching you. All that movement exposes your IP to unnecessary risk at every exchange.
Remote owns our own legal entities in every country where we offer global employment services. That means we never ask an intermediary to take possession of your IP. We are your global employment partner, and we provide our services directly to you.
As a global employment solutions provider, we offer a variety of services. Sometimes, we simply handle global payroll for your own local entities. Other times, we employ your workers on your behalf with our in-country entities, allowing you to hire all over the world without expensive overhead.
When we employ workers on your behalf, we use a two-stage approach to transfer the IP from the employee to you. First, we transfer the IP from the employee to Remote, in accordance with our country-specific employment agreements. Then, we transfer the IP to you. As international experts in IP and invention rights laws, we guarantee the maximum transfer of IP to you, every time. The IP belongs to you from the beginning, and we guarantee you receive it legally and easily thanks to our best-in-class service.
You don’t have to be an expert in international IP law to hire internationally. We take care of everything to provide you with the highest level of protection in every country where you have employees. Remote’s in-country teams of legal experts craft employee agreements that comply with all applicable local laws, allowing you to rest easy.
What happens if your employees move to a new country? Don’t worry: we take care of that, too. Because we own our own legal entities, we have an international network of legal expertise ready to help from start to finish. The power of a global infrastructure with the precision of a local legal team — that’s the Remote difference.
Remote’s global employment solutions include payroll, benefits, taxes, and compliance to empower companies of all sizes to employ top talent all over the world. We protect your IP and invention rights better than anyone else, in addition to providing your company and your employees with a first-class experience all over the world. Contact us today to learn how Remote can help you grow your global team securely.
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