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Beginning the Patent Process

  Attorney Kelly Swartz explains the first steps in protecting your patent.  Patents are an invaluable piece of intellectual property.  Frequently sought after by Fortune 500 companies and start-ups alike, a patent can protect your invention from reverse engineering and give you an advantage in the marketplace, as well as making your invention more attractive to […]

Kelly Swartz – About Me

Drones are Taking Off – UAS Section 333

Drones are Taking Off – UAS Part 107

Drones are Taking Off – UAS Ethical Considerations

What Do I Need to Know Before Using a Drone in My Business?

Drones can be excellent tools for many businesses, they can be cost efficient and time saving ways to expand or enhance services a company can offer. Before using a drone for business purposes, it is important to be familiar with FAA regulations for drones. In general, businesses may lawfully operate drones under a 333 exemption […]

What Happens If I Don’t Comply with FAA Drone Regulations?

By now, most of us involved in the drone industry know that all drones have to be registered with the FAA before they are flown. But what are the consequences for the drone operators that choose to not follow the rules? For those few rogue operators, criminal penalties including fines up to $250,000 and three […]

What Does the FAA Require Before I can use a Drone in My Business?

In the summer of 2017, the FAA based new rules making the use of drones for commercial purposes more accessible than ever before. To be clear, if you are using a drone for anything other than your own personal enjoyment, you are likely using a drone for a commercial purpose and these FAA regulations apply, […]

I Want to Make a Prototype. How do I Protect my Idea?

You have a great idea and you are ready to take the next step and have a prototype built. This may require the expertise of a draftsman, engineer, or manufacturing house, maybe even an investor. While the best way to protect any invention is often a patent, there may be considerations that prevent filing for […]

What to Know Before Buying a Drone as a Christmas Gift

Drones will be showing up under Christmas trees this year to the delight of many. Before taking the drone outside, you should know that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) considers these gift aircraft under their jurisdiction. Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean that you need a pilot’s license, at least not if you are only using […]

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