Intellectual Property

News and Articles About Intellectual Property

Are Standard Equity Stakes in Spinoffs Misguided?
Equity

Are Standard Equity Stakes in Spinoffs Misguided?

Universities may be missing out on owning a share of their strongest spinoffs.
Scott Shane
5 Preventable Disasters That Have Ruined Countless Startups
Startup Basics

5 Preventable Disasters That Have Ruined Countless Startups

Allowing your business to succumb to one of these entirely preventable fates will lead to regret.
Jayson DeMers
California Man Sues Uber Claiming It Stole Ridesharing Idea
Legal Issues

California Man Sues Uber Claiming It Stole Ridesharing Idea

The complaint accusing alleges misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of contract.
Why File Design Patents? Modern Uses of a Classic Form of Intellectual Property.
Patents

Why File Design Patents? Modern Uses of a Classic Form of Intellectual Property.

Today's smart companies -- big and small -- are using them as part of a comprehensive IP strategy.
Eric Raciti
How Do You Sustain Your Brand's Value? Follow These 6 Steps.
Trademark Registration

How Do You Sustain Your Brand's Value? Follow These 6 Steps.

Hint: You want your logo to be more like the bitten apple and less like the walking fingers.
When It Comes to Knockoffs, Imitation Is the Costliest Form of Flattery
Trademarks

When It Comes to Knockoffs, Imitation Is the Costliest Form of Flattery

Trademarks and patents are far from perfect protection but they are, literally, the least a business can do to protect itself from counterfeiters.
Rohan Ayyar
Artist Claims Apple Stole His Style
Legal Issues

Artist Claims Apple Stole His Style

The suit demands Apple and the design firm Craig & Karl immediately cease using the images in question.
9 Affordable and Effective Ways to Protect Your Entrepreneurial Vision
Intellectual Property

9 Affordable and Effective Ways to Protect Your Entrepreneurial Vision

The idea that will make you rich likely needs to be protected long before you are rich.
John Boitnott
How to Conduct a Patent Search to Make Sure Your Brilliant Invention Doesn't Already Exist (Infographic)
Infographics

How to Conduct a Patent Search to Make Sure Your Brilliant Invention Doesn't Already Exist (Infographic)

A step-by-step guide on how to find out if your invention has already been patented. We're crossing our fingers it hasn't.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
Congress Should Help Small Businesses Deter Patent Trolls
Patent trolls

Congress Should Help Small Businesses Deter Patent Trolls

The patent trolls are the only stakeholders who benefit from vague and unclear threats to sue for patent infringement.
Scott Shane
Seattle Artist Says She Lost Millions of Dollars, Sues 'Angry Birds' Maker
Legal Issues

Seattle Artist Says She Lost Millions of Dollars, Sues 'Angry Birds' Maker

A U.S. judge approved the lawsuit, which claims that an artist was cheated out of possibly millions of dollars from the sale of the brand's pet toys she designed.
Soylent Says Won't Sue Copycat Meal Replacement 'Schmoylent'
Intellectual Property

Soylent Says Won't Sue Copycat Meal Replacement 'Schmoylent'

The original meal replacement company says it won't take legal action, but discouraged the knockoff from trying to compete.
Kate Taylor
3 Big Patent Moves That Won't Generate Real Value
Patents

3 Big Patent Moves That Won't Generate Real Value

These missteps will waste your company's time, money and resources.
Elliot Cook and Darren Jiron
Protect Your Most Valuable Business Assets
Patents

Protect Your Most Valuable Business Assets

In the early stages of creating an enterprise, your most vital property is the big idea, invention or innovation. Here's how to safeguard it.
Phil Hartstein