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How to Avoid Trademark Infringement
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Infringing on someone else's trademark is no laughing matter. Attorney Doug Wolf offers up advice on what entrepreneurs need to know about trademark infringement.
March 26, 2014 in Starting a Business
Counteracting Copyright and Trademark Infringement Online

Counteracting Copyright and Trademark Infringement Online

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Take protective measures and find out how enforcement actions can provide your businesss relief.
March 24, 2014 in Grow Your Business
When Entrepreneurs Should Be Concerned About Copyrighting and Trademarking

When Entrepreneurs Should Be Concerned About Copyrighting and Trademarking

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Dealing with legalities like copyright and trademarks can be a confusing (and costly) matter for entrepreneurs. Our expert attorney Doug Wolf provides some insight into this gray area.
March 19, 2014 in Starting a Business
7 Persistent Myths About Intellectual Property

7 Persistent Myths About Intellectual Property

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Misunderstandings about patents and copyrights can cost your business. Avoid these traps.
March 18, 2014 in Starting a Business
When It Makes Sense to Hire a Patent Attorney

When It Makes Sense to Hire a Patent Attorney

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While patent attorneys can be costly, they can help protect your ideas and work, which can save you money down the road.
March 12, 2014 in Starting a Business
How to Take Advantage of the “First-to-File” Patent System

How to Take Advantage of the “First-to-File” Patent System

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There were big changes last year to who acquires protection. Here are answers to four common questions.
March 4, 2014 in Grow Your Business
What Sochi Can Teach Us About Trademarks

What Sochi Can Teach Us About Trademarks

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When it was announced that Sochi would be the home of the 2014 Olympics, the International Olympic Committee jumped into motion, filing numerous trademark applications to protect the Olympic brand. While your startup doesn't have the global presence of the Olympics, here are some tips on how to protect your brand.
February 20, 2014 in Innovation
Keeping Your Intellectual Property Safe and Sound

Keeping Your Intellectual Property Safe and Sound

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Whether they know it or not, almost all startups possess some sort of intellectual property. Here are a few ways to protect these IP secrets.
February 7, 2014 in Security
How to Sell Your Business for Top Dollar in 2014

How to Sell Your Business for Top Dollar in 2014

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2014 looks like it's going to be a seller's market for small businesses, so here are five tips to help you know what you're worth.
January 7, 2014 in Selling Your Biz
How to Keep Your Startup's Secrets Private

How to Keep Your Startup's Secrets Private

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Our expert attorney Peter Buckland discusses how startups should go about divulging startup secrets to investors, business partners and others.
December 26, 2013 in Legal Center
Will the New Patent Law Kill the Garage Inventor and Startup?

Will the New Patent Law Kill the Garage Inventor and Startup?

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Congress got it wrong when it harmonized U.S. patent laws with the rest of the world. Now, startups and American inventors are at a disadvantage.
November 21, 2013 in Protecting Your Idea
Video: The Big Benefits Behind These Three Little Letters: D.B.A.Play Video

The Big Benefits Behind These Three Little Letters: D.B.A. (Video)

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A "Doing Business As" filing can be used to both start or expand a current business on the quick. Here, accounting whiz Mark Kohler parses the innumerable ways he loves DBAs.
October 15, 2013 in Legal Center
Why Intellectual Property Allows You to Be An Entrepreneur

Why Intellectual Property Allows You to Be An Entrepreneur

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Some argue you can't patent an idea, but if IP laws didn't exist, would you even be in business?
October 15, 2013 in Business Ideas
7 Ways to Save Big Bucks On a Patent Attorney

7 Ways to Save Big Bucks On a Patent Attorney

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It's easy to run up the bills when hiring a patent attorney. Here are some steps to keep you from blowing your whole budget.
October 14, 2013 in Business Management
How Can I Legally Improve a Product I Didn't Create?

How Can I Legally Improve a Product I Didn't Create?

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An innovator wonders if her ideas could generate a profit or a lawsuit. Ask Entrepreneur's legal expert answers, pointing out red flags that could keep the green out of reach.
September 24, 2013 in Innovation
Tell Us: Is Intellectual Property Even Property at All?

Tell Us: Is Intellectual Property Even Property at All?

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Businesses spend a lot of time and money fretting over patent issues, but perhaps the concept of intellectual property as a whole needs to be re-examined.
September 19, 2013 in Branding
Angry Business Owner Wages War on 'Troll'

Angry Business Owner Wages War on 'Troll'

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Kevin O'Connor, who co-founded ad tech company Doubleclick, is publicly battling a patent troll who is demanding $50,000.
September 18, 2013 in News and Trends
7 Biggest Myths Business Owners Believe About Using Copyrighted Material

7 Biggest Myths Business Owners Believe About Using Copyrighted Material

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When it comes to copyright, how savvy are you? Here are the biggest misconceptions business-owners have about using copyrighted material.
August 20, 2013 in Legal Center
What Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' Can Teach You About Stealing Ideas

What Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' Can Teach You About Stealing Ideas

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No matter how much 'you know you want it,' chances are your business idea is not original. Here's what you can do to stay out of legal trouble.
August 20, 2013 in Legal Center
How Entrepreneurs Can Avoid Microsoft's SkyDrive Trademark Misstep

How Entrepreneurs Can Avoid Microsoft's SkyDrive Trademark Misstep

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Follow these expert tips for naming your startup and protecting your brand from trademark infringement.
August 5, 2013 in Legal Center
Using Someone Else's Intellectual Property Comes At a Price

Using Someone Else's Intellectual Property Comes At a Price

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In the IP wars, you have to figure out if a potential violation is worth the penalties you might pay.
July 26, 2013 in Legal Center
The FTC Recommends Sweeping Investigation of Patent Trolls

The FTC Recommends Sweeping Investigation of Patent Trolls

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Edith Ramirez, chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission, intends to launch a comprehensive inquiry into patent-assertion entities.
June 20, 2013 in News and Trends
Why Filing a Patent Just Got More Complicated For Startups (Opinion)

Why Filing a Patent Just Got More Complicated For Startups (Opinion)

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The America Invents Act, which went into effect March 16, has changed the process for patenting. These developments might not help entrepreneurs after all. Here's why.
April 17, 2013 in Business Ideas
'Six Strikes' Anti-Piracy Plan Could Slow Public Wi-Fi for Businesses

'Six Strikes' Anti-Piracy Plan Could Slow Public Wi-Fi for Businesses

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What you need to know if your company offers complimentary Wi-Fi to customers.
February 26, 2013 in Mobile
Obama Takes Aim at 'Patent Trolls'

Obama Takes Aim at 'Patent Trolls'

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Combating patent-law abuse was among the subjects the President talked about in a Google Hangout following up his State of the Union address.
February 15, 2013 in Legal Center

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