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9 Steps to Business Success

So, you have a great business idea. Great! What now? Below are 9 steps that will help guide your idea from light bulbs to a profitable business. Step 1: Identify a Brand Name Branding is important and any new idea needs a name. There are many details that come intoSo, you have a great business idea. Great! What now? Below are 9 steps that will help guide your idea from light bulbs to a profitable business. Step 1: Identify a Brand Name Branding is important and any new idea needs a name. There are many details that come into

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Trademarks in China: Some Similarities, Many Large Differences

We wrote recently about registering trademarks in China and the importance of not getting “hustled” by trademark squatters. See here. This is a follow-up article proving some additional information on the China system of registering trademarks. There a some similarities and large differences between the China system and the trademarkWe wrote recently about registering trademarks in China and the importance of not getting “hustled” by trademark squatters. See here. This is a follow-up article proving some additional information on the China system of registering trademarks. There a some similarities and large differences between the China system and the trademark

Oil States Energy and SAS Institute: SCOTUS to Review Inter Partes Reviews

As we recently discussed with respect to the proposed STRONGER Patents Act of 2017, legal debate continues to swirl around inter partes reviews. The US Supreme Court has entered the ring recently by accepting certiorari on two cases: SAS Institute Inc. v. Matal and Oil States Energy Services LLC v.As we recently discussed with respect to the proposed STRONGER Patents Act of 2017, legal debate continues to swirl around inter partes reviews. The US Supreme Court has entered the ring recently by accepting certiorari on two cases: SAS Institute Inc. v. Matal and Oil States Energy Services LLC v.

Copyrighting Design Elements of a “Useful Item”: Lessons From Star Athletica

In general, no copyright protection is available for the design of something that is “useful.” “Useful” is defined by the Copyright Act as something with “an intrinsic utilitarian function that is not merely to portray the appearance of the article or to convey information.” 17 U.S.C. § 101. For example,In general, no copyright protection is available for the design of something that is “useful.” “Useful” is defined by the Copyright Act as something with “an intrinsic utilitarian function that is not merely to portray the appearance of the article or to convey information.” 17 U.S.C. § 101. For example,

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How to Protect Trade Secrets Under Federal Law

Trade secrets are among the most valuable forms of intellectual property owned by any business. Those trade secrets should be and must be protected from misappropriation and unauthorized disclosure. As recently reported here, trade secret litigation is on the rise, particularly in federal courts since the passage of the DefendTrade secrets are among the most valuable forms of intellectual property owned by any business. Those trade secrets should be and must be protected from misappropriation and unauthorized disclosure. As recently reported here, trade secret litigation is on the rise, particularly in federal courts since the passage of the Defend

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How Can a Startup Monetize its IP Assets?

Intellectual property (IP) rights are valuable assets and startup companies need sophisticated legal and business strategies for monetizing these IP assets. The basic IP inventory for startup companies contains: Trade Secrets Trademarks Internet Domain Names Copyrights and Patents The obvious way in which new startup companies monetize their IP isIntellectual property (IP) rights are valuable assets and startup companies need sophisticated legal and business strategies for monetizing these IP assets. The basic IP inventory for startup companies contains: Trade Secrets Trademarks Internet Domain Names Copyrights and Patents The obvious way in which new startup companies monetize their IP is

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Intellectual Property Primer for Startups

Many startup companies do not realize that their intellectual property (IP) rights are often their most valuable asset. Few startups have portfolios of real property or vast quantities of retail inventory and other physical assets. What startups usually have are ideas, and ideas are valuable if they are properly protected.Many startup companies do not realize that their intellectual property (IP) rights are often their most valuable asset. Few startups have portfolios of real property or vast quantities of retail inventory and other physical assets. What startups usually have are ideas, and ideas are valuable if they are properly protected.

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Supreme Court Rules On Disparaging Trademarks

For decades, the USPTO has denied registration to trademarks that are disparaging and offensive to specific racial or ethnic groups under the disparagement clause of the Lanham Act. The United States Supreme Court recently weighed in on the long-running debate that has surrounded the federal registerability of disparaging trademarks basedFor decades, the USPTO has denied registration to trademarks that are disparaging and offensive to specific racial or ethnic groups under the disparagement clause of the Lanham Act. The United States Supreme Court recently weighed in on the long-running debate that has surrounded the federal registerability of disparaging trademarks based

4 Common Reasons for a Trademark Registration Refusal

When someone applies for a federal trademark registration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), it is possible for the trademark registration application to be refused. While this is often disappointing, it is possible to appeal a trademark registration refusal. An experienced trademark registration lawyer will be ableWhen someone applies for a federal trademark registration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), it is possible for the trademark registration application to be refused. While this is often disappointing, it is possible to appeal a trademark registration refusal. An experienced trademark registration lawyer will be able

The Importance of Non-Compete Agreements

It is a common business practice for employers to require their employees to sign a non-compete agreement as part of the terms of their employment. Use of non-compete agreements are a particularly popular practice in situations where the employee will have access to sensitive or confidential business information as partIt is a common business practice for employers to require their employees to sign a non-compete agreement as part of the terms of their employment. Use of non-compete agreements are a particularly popular practice in situations where the employee will have access to sensitive or confidential business information as part