Do I Still Need To Protect My IP, Even With The Ethical Collaboration Community Agreement?

Yes.  You still have a responsibility to protect your IP for anything that goes outside of the Ethical Collaboration Community.

For trade secrets and other confidential information, the best way to protect your IP is to not tell anyone.  Keep it locked up and don’t tell anyone.  Even if you are in a Certified Ethical Collaboration coworking environment, you should be careful to avoid leaving confidential papers around or even having confidential information on your screen when you walk away from your desk.  This is just common sense.

Some information may be protected by patents, trademarks, or copyrights, and you can learn more about those items at our partner non-profit, http://ipeducation.patenteducation.org.