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Sep 16, 2019

Trade Secret vs. Patent Protection - Which is Right for Me?

Intellectual property is often the backbone of a company. It is the essence of a brand’s or business’s success - the how and why of where they are. With that in mind, it only makes sense that keeping those ideas and details protected from theft and unlawful imitation is a top priority for businesses both big and small. When most people think of protecting the property of a business, they think of a patent. You might even hear someone jokingly reply to a friend who comes up with an idea that...
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Jun 18, 2019

What are the Four Types of Intellectual Property?

When you have a great idea, it can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. After all, what is preventing another person from stealing your idea and cashing in on it before you get the chance to? If you understand intellectual property - and how it relates to what you’re working with - you’ll understand that there are solutions to be found. What are the four types of intellectual property? How does each help protect ideas and those who create them from being robbed of their due? Here, we’ll...
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Jun 04, 2019

The Difference Between Provision and Non-Provisional Patents

Which Do You Need?When you experience a spark of genius, it’s only natural to want to protect your idea. However, in a world where sharing that idea on the internet can easily lead to it being stolen and used by another person or entity, it’s important to understand patents and how to apply for them.Do you need a provisional patent or a non-provisional patent? What is the difference between provisional and non-provisional? Here, we answer both of these questions - and offer a little more...
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Apr 10, 2019

How Long is a Trademark Good For?

If you’re new in the business and you’re trying to set up an ecommerce site, you’ll probably take a good long look at some of biggest names in the field to figure out who your competition is. Which companies dominate your industry? Once you have a list, you’ll probably think it’s a good idea to replicate a few of the things your competition is doing. After all, if it works for them, then it could work for you, right? However, if that plan includes using logos, marks or other marketing...
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Mar 26, 2019

Four Good Trademark Examples That Can’t Be Beat

Your trademark is a valuable asset to your company. Studies show that companies that register their trademarks early on tend to experience higher growth. Your trademark is also key in establishing your brand, as it helps your company stand out from the rest of the competition, Small Business says. It can boost consumer trust in your products or services as well. As your company grows and expands over time, so will the value of your trademark increase, especially if you have managed to build...
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Oct 17, 2018

Copyright Office DENIES American Airlines Request to Copyright its Logo

The United States Copyright Office has just denied American Airline's efforts to COPYRIGHT its logo.  The Copyright Office stated that the logo did not contain the requisite creativity in it's opinion. The Copyright Office has denied the Airline's application three times dating back to 2016. Although American Airlines does have TRADEMARK protection, COPYRIGHT protection/registration would provide a much broader set of protections.Specifically, section 102 of the Copyright Act...
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