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Do I need a Patent?

Ever since I was little, one of my favorite things to do has been asking “Why?”  Some people say this makes me persnickety –...
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Google AdWords and Trademark Infringement

In the previous blog post by my colleague, Alexander Scalia, we were introduced to Google AdWords, and how they can help you establish branding...
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Google AdWords and Commercial Use under the Trademark Act

Before a trademark can be registered with the USPTO, it must be used in commerce.  The Lanham Act defines the term “use in commerce”...
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How Do I Protect my Design? (Part 2)

So what if I think I qualify for more than one protection? Can I have two (or more) intellectual property protections for the same...
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How Do I Protect my Design? (Part 1)

So I have a design I want to protect – say it is the design for a dress, the style of the dress, or...
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10 Intellectual Property Goals For the New Year

The start of a new year means it’s time to prepare a list of business goals to accomplish this year.  This year every business...
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New Years Resolution: Trademark Audit

The start of a New Year is a time where many of us are setting goals and plans for the upcoming year, both on...

Year-End Checklist

In the last dwindling days of December, it's not just Santa who should be making a list and checking it twice. The end of the...
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Flying With Altaïr: Getting Your Gaming Startup Off the Ground

December 20th sees the release of the Assassin’s Creed film; the first motion picture in a media franchise that began with a video game...
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Copyright Law and Fanfiction…Not Always OTP: Legal Issues with Fanfiction

Do the words “fic” or  “fannish” mean anything to you?  If they do there are pretty good chances you are familiar with fanfiction.  Maybe...
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How to Choose a Trademark

Choosing a brand name is an exciting time for any business.   As much as it is fun, it is a very important business decision...
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How To Trademark a T-shirt Slogan

Check out Heather A. Sapp's, Senior Trademark Attorney at LegalForce RAPC, guest post on MerchInformer.   She has created a step by step guide...

Copyright Zombies

This article was originally published at The Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood blog in 2013, titled "Copyright Graveyard." It is being reprinted today with permission from the...
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Color Marks: A How-To and Why-To Guide

In keeping with our colorful theme this week, we thought we’d discuss a color that is more conventionally associated with Halloween -- orange! In an...

An Entrepreneur’s Checklist – Filing a Patent

Here is a very down and dirty outline of some important steps you need to take in order to file your patent. Use this...

What is Intellectual Property Law?

What is it?  Intellectual property law or (IP law for short) is the act of attaining and maintaining your legal rights to your inventions, designs...
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6 Reasons You Need International Trademark Protection

Today, many businesses are global or have the potential to be. With the click of a mouse, your product can sail over seas or fly across...

An Entrepreneur’s Checklist – Filing Your Own Trademark

If you are reading this, you probably have already asked yourself, “Do I really need a trademark lawyer to file a trademark application?” Well,...

What Happens if soemeone registers MY trademark in a foreign country

This is not good news. The othe one claiming name to your brand could strom you disturution , manufacturing and other activity in the...

5 Things To Consider When Registering Your Trademark

So you think you have a great idea for a business name and logo and are ready to file a trademark. Consider the following...

How To Develop Your IP Strategy

As your business grows and your brand becomes more recognizable, it’s important to come up with a strategy on how to best protect your...

The Trademark Timeline (info graphic)

Didn't I file a trademark about six months ago?  Did that trademark become registered? Why haven't I heard from my lawyer? Well, there's good news....

5 Reasons Why Trademarks Are A Must

  Think about how many laundry services are called "Laundry." If you are like me, one pressed shirt is as good as the next so why...

Agreements Between Founders, Setting Up Your Business for Success

Legal disputes between founders can (and will) often erupt. (Even founders who happen to be best friends can quickly turn into worst enemies.) Simply...

How to go about a design patent

How do I create a unique product design? To accomplish this type of competitive "product branding", small businesses usually should keep a budget of between...

Protecting Growth With Design Patents

Design patents protect the unique ornamental designs of the functional aspects of your product. Ornamental designs may include perceivable designs such as a unique chair shape...

Difference between Stock and Founder shares

It becomes difficult to control contribution fairly when determining equity ownership when there are more founders. Other key employees should receive stock options, not...

To The Drawing Board: How To Get Your Patent Drawn

There are many ways to have your patent drawn. To figure out the best approach, gauge the complexity of your invention and decide whether...

3 Tips – How To Use ™ & ® Correctly

So you have a logo and you are about to create a website when your web designer asks you, "Should we put the ™  or...

Filing Your Trademark Internationally

As your business grows, it’s important to evaluate whether or not your brand extends beyond the country in which you are located. Often times,...

Did You Know? You Can Trademark More Than Just a Logo, Name or Slogan

Trademarks are meant to protect and distinguish your brand's unique identity. So if you think about it, it really makes sense that there are...

7 Tips On How To Create A Strong Trademark

A brand name will help you stand out from the competition but ask yourself this: "Will my brand name stand through the trademark registration...

Trademark Infringement

Merely possessing a trademark is not always enough for you to thwart copycats from exploiting your brand. There may still be those that attempt...

How IP Helps Your Business

    Once you have filed your patents, trademarks and copyrights you are attaining and acquiring exclusive rights to your unique ideas. In other words, you...

Trademark Infringement

When your startup has a recognized logo, your brand is a super brand with a special type of power. The type of power where...

Why Startups Should Patent Now, Not Later

The race to file a patent had heated up since March of 2013 when the “First-Inventor-To-File” (FITF) system went into effect. Patents are now granted based...

4 Reasons You Need Intellectual Property

Everyone has a great idea once in a while. Some of us pursue these ideas. But sometimes people also pursue the ideas of others....

What Are the Different Types of Intellectual Property?

First lets start off with what exactly is intellectual property? IP is the protection of creations of the mind in the same manner that...

Startup Wisdom: Choosing the Right Business Structure

So you have taken the leap into the world of entrepreneurship. Have you spotted a void in the market and have a clear business...

4 Tips to Determine: Do I Need a Patent Lawyer?

So you have conceptualized your idea, and want to move forward to the production stage. First you must insure that you have fully mentally...