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Legal checklist for new businesses

Legal checklist for new businesses

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. ~Mark Twain If you are finally ready to take the plunge and start that new business you've been dreaming about, congratulations! Embracing the world of...

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Work-for-hire agreements and IP

Work-for-hire agreements and IP

If your new product or service hinges on the work of employees, you need a work-for-hire agreement. In short, these agreements clearly delineate that any product developed by an employee becomes the intellectual property of the company and not the employee. Without a...

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Be aware of enabling public disclosure

Be aware of enabling public disclosure

If you are still in the product development phase, you will want to be careful about how much information you share in public venues because it can impact your ability to patent your product later. If you display your prototype at a trade show or discuss it at length...

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Pause before you hit send

Pause before you hit send

As a small or emerging business owner, of course you want publicity for your company. It is tempting to issue a press release every week or announce your company’s latest developments on Twitter every day, but there are some instances when you need to hold off and...

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Why you need a prototype

Why you need a prototype

If your product idea has been rolling around in your brain for awhile, you probably know it well enough that it has become real to you. At some point, however, you will need to be able to share your vision with others, and that’s where a prototype comes in. Here are...

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Protect Your Assets

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Kenny and Steve discuss how creating, quantifying and protecting a strong brand can increase the value of a company. They also explore how potential business acquirers value intellectual property in GrowthAmplifiers podcast.

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Amazon: The IP Accelerator is Dead?

Amazon: The IP Accelerator is Dead?

As attorneys specializing in brand protection, we obviously see serious advantage in trademark protection.  Trademarks are source indicators (e.g. Oreos for cookies, Nordstrom for retail store services).  Trademark registration...

Trademark Protection for the Fashion Industry

Trademark Protection for the Fashion Industry

What is a trademark? Trademarks are source indicators. A trademark can be a word, phrase, or design and is used to identify a brand’s specific goods and services in the marketplace (Lanham Act §45, 15 U.S.C. § 1127). As the brand matures, the trademark generally...

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Amazon: The IP Accelerator is Dead?

Amazon: The IP Accelerator is Dead?

As attorneys specializing in brand protection, we obviously see serious advantage in trademark protection.  Trademarks are source indicators (e.g. Oreos for cookies, Nordstrom for retail store services).  Trademark registration...

Trademark Protection for the Fashion Industry

Trademark Protection for the Fashion Industry

What is a trademark? Trademarks are source indicators. A trademark can be a word, phrase, or design and is used to identify a brand’s specific goods and services in the marketplace (Lanham Act §45, 15 U.S.C. § 1127). As the brand matures, the trademark generally...