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Patent Theft: Types of Patent Infringement in the United States

By James Bunts | May 10, 2018

Table of Contents Market Monitoring: Watching for InfringersInternal Check: Make sure Your Patent Claims are Valid FirstTypes of InfringementDirect InfringementIndirect InfringementWillful Infringement: Treble Damages 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 …

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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

Table of Contents What is a Design Patent?Elements of a Design Patent ApplicationThe PreambleThe Description of the Figure(s) of the DrawingA Single ClaimDrawings or Photographs 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 …

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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. Table of Contents Part 3. Employ several strategies to protect the IP assets Part 3. Employ several …

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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. Table of Contents Part 2. Identify owners of the IP Part 2. Identify owners of the IP Considering the nature of a startup, it …

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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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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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