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Do I Need Intellectual Property Protection?

Intellectual property law has been around for well over two hundred years.   It has been added to and rewritten in efforts to keep up with the changing times.  The internet forever changed the way material is published.  To protect your original works, you need intellectual property protection.  The good news is that it may be […]

Terrible Trademark Trends

It’s likely at some point you’ve read something in a magazine or online that had a ™ by the name of a product. That is the symbol for trademark. A trademark is used to identify things that are produced or offered by a certain company, like the Adidas three strip trademark. Yes, stripes can be […]

How to Determine if a Patent has Expired

There is not one way to determine if a patent has expired. It takes some research, and if anyone tells you “it looks like it may have expired,” run. They don’t know what they’re talking about. Here are some ways to help you determine if it’s “still alive.” Look at the front page – If […]

How to keep your product from being counterfeited

As a business owner, the last thing you want or need is to find out some third-rate company is making knockoffs of your product and selling them to your consumers.  Not only might someone try to take you to court if the knockoff causes harm, it also severely harms your sales and hits you in […]

5 Ways to Prevent Being a Victim of Cyber Crime

We would all like to think that Cyber Crime does not exist but it’s real; very real. We hear of this happening to other people and we think it will never happen to us. Yes, you might dodge that bullet, but you are just as much at risk as the next person. Here are 5 […]

How to stop employee theft

We’ve all heard stories about employees stealing products, supplies and even money from their employers.  But one of the biggest issues facing today’s employer is the theft of what is sometimes considered soft assets – the client list, trade secrets, intellectual property or proprietary data. We briefly went over this topic in another article you […]

Building the Perfect Employee Agreement

It’s sometimes very difficult to draft that perfect employee agreement – you know – the kind that fully protects your rights to intellectual property and inventions created by your employees while at the same time encouraging creativity.  Many employers mistakenly believe they should make the agreement overly broad – favoring their interests or make it […]

Steps to Ensuring You’re Legally Using Online Photos

Everyone loves to capture moments in time through photographs, and furthermore we all love to share them with our friends and family. Before the wave of social media, we would get our film developed and then make duplicate photos (which of course we paid for) and then send them to our families. No harm; no […]

Intellectual Property: A Threat from Within

The most costly data breaches are usually those that are created by a malicious insider. These people normally have access to things external hackers generally don’t have access to, like intellectual property, which in turn allows them to get into areas only known to them and to have additional insight as to the areas most […]

How to Choose the Right Patent Attorney

As an inventor, you know everything there is to know about your inventions. You’ve studied it, revised it, tested it and shared it (at least with a few good friends). Well, now that you’ve done your part, it’s time to find the right attorney who has also studied and skillfully mastered his craft to handle […]

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