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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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We Can Help You With a Business Method Patent

By JD Houvener | December 19, 2017

With technological advances, the business method patent has become an important asset for many individuals and companies. They represent hard work and determination to create processes and models that increase the value of entire industries. However, they belong to the person or organization that develops them and include rights to prevent the use by others. …

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Bold Decision! Oracle America, Inc. v. Google, Inc.: Courts Say Google Can Drink Oracle’s Java

By JD Houvener | December 5, 2017

In 2010, Oracle America, Inc. sued Google, Inc. for copyright infringement (and patent infringement). In the suit, Oracle claimed that Google’s Android mobile operating system (Android OS) infringed Oracle’s copyrighted Java programming language (which Oracle acquired from Sun Microsystems that same year). Specifically, Oracle claimed that Google’s use of the Java application programming interface (API) …

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Bold Moves! Patent Inventorship vs. Ownership: Distinctive Concepts

By JD Houvener | September 27, 2017

September 27, 2017 The old concept of a patent used to be that an individual inventor comes up with a brilliant idea, files a patent alone and sets up a company to commercialize the invention. As technology becomes more complex and cooperation becomes a norm, it becomes much harder to come across a lone inventor. …

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Bold Move! The Future of Solar Cells: Thermophotovoltaic Cells

By JD Houvener | July 3, 2017

July 3, 2017 Everyone knows Tesla Motors is widely hailed as a pioneer in electric power. Their relatively successful Model S has helped build Tesla into one of the most valuable motor companies in the world. Tesla has also started to make waves with the release of solar panels and sustainable energy systems designed for …

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Bold Considerations! Reebok CrossFit: The Importance of Re-branding

By JD Houvener | June 22, 2017

June 22, 2017 Once a household name in the athletic footwear market, Reebok became virtually irrelevant in the 1990s. While still being a well-known mark in the athletic industry, Reebok’s real claim to fame arose when it signed a 10-year licensing contract with CrossFit Inc. for exclusive rights to create CrossFit-branded footwear and apparel. This …

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Bold News! Sell your Patents this August! Google, Among Others, to Hold 2nd Round of Patent Buying

By JD Houvener | May 9, 2017

Google’s 2015 Patent Purchasing Program Some may remember the Patent Purchase Promotion, which was a streamlined program offered by Google in the Spring of 2015. Google created a streamlined portal, where anyone who was a patent owner, or had the legal right from the patent owner to sell a patent, could submit their patents to …

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Bold News! Credit Card Security Takes A Leap Into Biometrics

By JD Houvener | April 25, 2017

Being connected to the information superhighway is not a one-way street. Today, developed nations are more connected than ever and this, unfortunately, is not without its disadvantages. Not only are you surfing the web on your computers, but also on our cell phones, video game consoles, Blu-Ray players, and even TVs! Most aspects of your …

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Bold News! Is Nintendo Finally Waking Up & Using Their IP?

By JD Houvener | March 27, 2017

Everyone who grew up in the 80’s remembers playing the Nintendo Entertainment System, or NES. The NES home console or Famicom, as it was called in Japan, introduced us to many memorable characters that are still part of today’s generations. Nintendo introduced us to characters such as Mario, Luigi, Bowser, Zelda, Link, etc. Nintendo’s IP …

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Bold News! Put That Screwdriver Down: IKEA Introduces New Furniture Click Technology

By JD Houvener | March 23, 2017

In this day and age, there are many ways that an individual can “do it his/herself.” From building from scratch to “upcycling,” people are willing to take it into their own hands to create, produce, and manufacture products for use in their own home or for commercial or individual sale. Etsy is a popular marketplace …

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