They have the same design
Accidentally stumbling across a blog article that shares the same trends and information is not quite the same as finding that another company is selling an identical product. Indeed, while using the same SEO terms is unavoidable, using the same design can’t be a coincidence. That’s precisely where IP consulting experts can ensure that your trademarks and product patent remain protected. Admittedly, you will need to make sure that the idea theft was intentional, aka selling a fake copy of your products, for instance.
Was it just Zeitgeist?
Can you steal an idea accidentally? More and more marketing and business thinkers agree that creative professionals can’t escape the influence of the Zeitgeist. As a rule of thumb, Zeitgeist refers to the particular mood of a period as perceived by contemporary ideas and beliefs. It is fair to say that when businesses share the perception of their market, mission, and audience, they are likely to respond with a similar concept.
When you work together, there’s only one idea box
Additionally, ideas are made to grow and bloom. You can think of a pearl necklace to which each contributor adds or edits elements. At the end of the process, the necklace is a unique result of collaborative teamwork. When each idea is a pearl, it can be amended, transformed, added, or subtracted until the final product is right. In other words, your individual idea only exists to be shared and processed with the group.
In the business world, protecting your designs is a complicated process. While you can trademarks designs and brands, you can’t escape from the market trends and cultural Zeitgeist that bring everything together. Did someone steal your idea, or did you happen to have the same thought at the same time?