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What is a trade dress?

What is Trade Dress

By JD Houvener | June 17, 2020

Trade dress is an area of trademark law that is often overlooked. Many business owners and entrepreneurs are familiar with copyrights and trademarks, but very few realize how valuable a trade dress can be in terms of protecting and defining their brand. Trade dress capitalizes on the fact that a product’s appearance is very indicative …

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Inventorship vs. Ownership

Patent Inventorship vs. Ownership: Distinctive Concepts

By JD Houvener | June 15, 2020

A lot of times, a person or a team works on a project in a company and never see the money side of their creation.  If inventors are deemed special in the patent world, what are the rights of those researchers? How about the rights of the company or research facility? Who is the patent …

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How to Trademark a Business Name

How to Trademark a Business Name

By Matt Kulseth | June 9, 2020

“How to trademark a business name?” is a question I hear from my clients quite frequently.  To a trademark attorney’s ear the client is asking to register their business entity (Widgets, Inc.).  What the client is really saying is that they want to “federally register my company’s brand.”  The mix-up makes complete sense. There’s a …

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Continuation & Divisional Patent Applications – Build a Patent Family!

By JD Houvener | June 9, 2020

Well, you see two single young patents meet up with one another, sparks fly…and before long, they get married, and have a bunch of patent children crawling around!  … I hope you’re laughing, or at least scoffing at my cheesy patent humor.   Of course, this is not the correct portrayal of what it means to …

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What’s the Difference Between Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, and Trade Secrets?

By JD Houvener | June 9, 2020

As you probably guessed, a LOT! … well, at least to an Intellectual Property (IP) Attorney like me. From where I stand, the differences are MASSIVE. But to you, these terms may seem like legalese that all blends together… Plus, with social media, news outlets, non-attorney “experts” and do-it-yourself gurus publishing videos/blogs/articles all over the …

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Inventor Resources in Minneapolis, Minnesota

15 Essential Resources For Entrepreneurs & Inventors in Minneapolis, Minnesota

By Rei | June 8, 2020

Being a Minneapolis inventor or entrepreneur in a time where technology is thriving and community collectives are stronger than ever can be pretty exciting. There’s a wealth of resources for you to use and half a dozen groups you can join to learn more about your industry and strengthen your network. From digital databases to …

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The Ultimate Utility Patent Guide: What it is & What it Protects

By JD Houvener | June 3, 2020

It’s easy sometimes to be long-winded in the law… so, here’s the short and sweet answer: 20 Year Monopoly: A utility patent gives an inventor (or their assignees) exclusive rights to prevent anyone else from making, using, selling or importing their invention for 20 years from the earliest filing date. Protects Functionality: Utility patents protect …

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Advantages of Trademarks

Top Advantages of Trademarks

By JD Houvener | June 2, 2020

When it comes to how customers interact with your brand, trademarks are one of the most important to get right. So what are some benefits of trademarks? Short, sweet, and to the point, a strong trademark goes a long way to adding value to your brand, as well as letting your customers know what your …

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Technology Patents

Technology Patents

By Filip | May 28, 2020

Brief Background of Technology Just imagine a world without technology: a world without lights, time, music, and electricity. Perhaps, we could’ve been hunting out in the jungle today – gathering raw materials. But that scene changed when human ingenuity innovated technology.  Technology is the product of human intelligence – it is a benchmark, a touchstone, …

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Inventor Resources in Raleigh, North Carolina

13 Essential Resources For Entrepreneurs & Inventors in Raleigh, North Carolina

By Rei | May 27, 2020

Business Insider once named Raleigh as one of the “fastest-growing startup scenes in the U.S.” To date, there are easily hundreds of startup companies and fast-track organizations all poised for long-term growth and sustainable success. So for entrepreneurs and inventors in Raleigh, NC, there’s no better place to start. What’s more, there are plenty of …

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