Show anyone that you are protecting your intellectual property. Better safe that sorry.
Intellectual property contributes to your company's value. Show investors that you care about it since day one.
Need to prove your ownership? The timestamps created by IPGuard demonstrate you wrote the code and the day you wrote it.
Your code automatically benefits from copyright protection... 🎉
Unlike registred intellectual property rights, such as patents and trademarks, the copyright does not require registration. You automatic get the ownership of your code. How nice!
... as long as you can prove you wrote it 😱
However, if your copyright is challenged, you have to prove you actually wrote that code. That is when the trouble starts. Legal documents, invoices, testomonies and other artifacts must be collected, with uncertain outcome. Ouch!
Timestamp your creations 👍
The generic solution to this issue is to attach your name and creation date to your intellectual assets. How do you do this? You can make a deposit with an intellectual property attorney. Some countries allow for self-made deposits through state agencies. You can also mail your printed code to yourself and keep the enveloppe sealed with the postal stamp acting as an authentic timestamp. Results may vary.
Existing solutions just don't fit 🤔
From US Copyright registration to attorney, from French Soleau envelope to notary, the traditional solutions are simply not adapted to source code and software development.
Each deposit is a manual, time consumming operation, and costs at least a few dollars. Thus, developers, startups and companies rarely do it, if at all.
A solution to help developers protect they intellectual property
For the first time, you can enforce your authorship as a developer.
Timestamp your Git commits
As a developer, most of your intellectual assets are in a Git repository. Your code, of course. But also your READMEs and documentation, which describe your project and ideas.
IPGuard seamlessly protects your Git repositories by timestamping your commits, as soon as they occur.
Leverage the BitCoin blockchain
Instead of relying on a trusted third party, such as a lawyer or a notary, IPGuard is using the BitCoin blockchain.
IPGuard stores derivatives of your Git commit hashes on the BitCoin blockchain. The blockchain is immutable, which is a prerequisite for BitCoin's value. IPGuard is leveraging this property to create technical proofs.
Prove and exhibit your ownership
Use the reports created by IPGuard to demonstrate to investors or competitors your willingness to protect your intellectual assets.
In trouble? IPGuard provides auditable artifacts to prove what you wrote, and when.
What happens if you don't use IPGuard
99% of the time
Nothing happens. Really.
Most people are honest and ideas don't pop up in different minds at the same time.
In that case, IPGuard is just a silent protector you will barely notice.
1% of the time
Something bad happens. Like, really, realy bad.
The problem you are facing is at least a critical issue, possibly a show stopper.
In a blink, IPGuard goes from gadget to life savior. You realize you have material to deal with lawyers and possibly court.
IPGuard is built by developers, for developers
We know how you feel about intellectual property. Looks important, but what to do about it? We've been there. We build IPGuard to change the deal.
Ridiculously simple setup
Starting to timetamp a Git repository with IPGuard is as easy as runnning a single command.
There is nothing to do after the setup. Unless you need the proofs generated by IPGuard.
Traditionally, a single deposit is a tedious, boring, expensive task. This makes it a rare event, with huge gapes in the protection timeline. Not with IPGuard, where timestamps are as frequent as commits.
Free to use
Usually, a single deposit costs at least a few dollars. Although IPGuard will come with paid options, unlimited timestamps are free.
Think of IPGuard as a seat belt
Each time you take your car, you fasten your seat belt. How useful has it been so far? Probably not at all. Most people never experience a major accident in their life.
So why this habit? * Because an accident can always happen. Not wearing your seat belt in such a rare-yet-critical event is dramatic. What is making it even more unfortunate is the convenience of the seat belt: it is so easy to fasten that there is no excuse not to have it in a crutial moment.
IPGuard follows the same pattern. It is free, quick and easy to setup, require no maintenance, and won't bother you. It might also get you out of serious trouble someday.
* Oh, and maybe you have to :)
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