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Copyright Infringement

Copyright Infringement: Everything You Need to Know

By JD Houvener | September 10, 2018

Did you know a large part of copyright infringement happens without people even knowing they did it? Understanding the above sentence will require a fair amount of background on what copyright law is, so I’ll go over the fundamentals.  An author is given copyright (under common law) immediately upon the creation of a work of …

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BENEFITS OF COPYRIGHT REGISTRATION

By JD Houvener | September 6, 2018

When managing a business, you must be careful and make sure that all the small interests of your organization are covered. When you create a product or launch design and even think of a suggestion to improve what you are promoting, it is essential to protect it with a copyright registration. Without adequate copyright registration, …

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Cease & Desist! Get Serious About Patent Infringement

By JD Houvener | June 12, 2018

A Cease and Desist letter or a Patent Notice letter can take on many different forms. These letters are written by an attorney on behalf of a party who owns the patent. The letters are sent to alleged infringers of the patent. Patent attorneys are trained to write these patent infringement letters for their clients.  …

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Patent Theft: Types of Patent Infringement in the United States

By James Bunts | May 10, 2018

Market Monitoring: Watching for Infringers After getting a patent granted from the government, the next step is enforcing the patent for its active lifetime of 20 years from the filing date (15 years from date of issue for design patents). Generally, it’s not a question of whether a patent is being infringed; it’s a question …

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What is Trade Dress

What is Trade Dress

By John Ahn | May 9, 2018

Trade dress is an area of trademark law that is often overlooked. A trademark is word, phrase, logo, symbol, or design associated with a good or a service that is legally protected and helps distinguish the source of said good or service from those of others. A trade dress, on the other hand, refers to …

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Design Patent Application Requirements

By Wooshik Shim | April 18, 2018

What is a Design Patent? Under the United States patent system, there are utility, design and plant patents.  A design patent is different from a utility patent in that “a utility patent protects the way an article is used and works, while a design patent protects the way an article looks.” In a more legal …

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Intellectual Property Strategies for Startups – Part 3

By Irene Sulaiman | March 21, 2018

This third part of the three-part series with respect to Intellectual Property (IP) Strategies for Startups will discuss some recommended IP strategies to protect the startup’s IP. Click the corresponding links here for Part 1 and Part 2. Part 3. Employ several strategies to protect the IP assets Consider the following strategies to ensure that …

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Intellectual Property Strategies for Startups – Part 2

By Irene Sulaiman | March 14, 2018

Part I of this article provided a quick overview of IP assets that startups may consider. The second of this three-part series focuses on the importance of IP ownership for startups. Part 2. Identify owners of the IP Considering the nature of a startup, it is natural for the IP to be developed by a …

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Intellectual Property Strategies for Startups – Part 1

By Irene Sulaiman | February 26, 2018

Starting startups is bold and exciting. An entrepreneur once told me, it is hard to imagine working for someone other than herself. Her goal is to be her own boss. I love that entrepreneurial spirit! Most founders come from a background that can help propel their startup. However, no matter how good they are with …

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Business Method Patent

By JD Houvener | December 19, 2017

Your business method often starts with an idea. This idea is a materialized process that often blends software automation with more traditional business methodology. In other words, your business method is an organized body of ideas, your business identity that brings about a useful and significant product in the economic aspect. Just imagine this: In …

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