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Having just started a new Ltd company which is internet based,what

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Having just started a new Ltd company which is internet based,what steps should I take in relation to trademark and copyright and possible protection of unique functionality of the website.
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Any written work, such as the content of a website or a software source code, is automatically protected by copyright. You do not have to physically take any steps to copyright something. You only haveto do something about it iif someone tries to infringe your copyright by copying your work.
A trademark is different. Something such as a business name or logo can be protected by a trademark. You can apply for a UK, EU or worldwide trademark depending on the territory in which you trade.
You can either do this yourself (see the website of the intellectual property office) or you can instruct a solicitor or a trademark attorney to act for you.
If you decide not to trademark your name or logo, you still have a degree of protection under the law of passing off. What that means is that if someone did try to copy your business name, for example, you could take them to court and argue that doing so would be likely to cause confusion in the eyes of the public. That type of court case can be very expensive. It is always better to protect yourself in advance by use of trademark and also limited company name (which you have already done).
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