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Google Wants to Patent Contact Lenses That Can Snap Photos
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The tech company has a new patent application to apply Google Glass's camera feature to contact lenses.
April 15, 2014 in Technology
A Primer on Patents: Who's Getting Them, Where and How Long It's Taking (Infographic)

A Primer on Patents: Who's Getting Them, Where and How Long It's Taking (Infographic)

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As Washington continues to mull new patent legislation, here's a snapshot of the U.S. patent landscape.
April 8, 2014 in Grow Your Business
Want to Text and Walk and Still See Where You're Going? Apple Has a Patent for That.

Want to Text and Walk and Still See Where You're Going? Apple Has a Patent for That.

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Apple has filed a patent for 'transparent texting.'
March 31, 2014 in Technology
Apple Engineer Provides Rare Glimpse Into iPhone Invention Secrets

Apple Engineer Provides Rare Glimpse Into iPhone Invention Secrets

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As Apple prepares to wage yet another patent suit against Samsung, a key engineer is sharing insight into the enigmatic company's creative processes.
March 27, 2014 in Technology
How to Avoid Trademark Infringement

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
Apple Might Bring Back Something Steve Jobs Hated: The Stylus.

Apple Might Bring Back Something Steve Jobs Hated: The Stylus.

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Despite its founder's notorious disdain for them, Apple could release a surprisingly slick "iPen" stylus. Or not.
March 25, 2014 in Business News
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
Have a Burning Business Question? Ask the Expert: Doug Wolf.

Have a Burning Business Question? Ask the Expert: Doug Wolf.

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Attorney Doug Wolf wants to answer your big startup questions about trademarks, copyright, due diligence and working with venture groups.
March 5, 2014 in The 'Treps
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
Apple's Latest Patent Will Let You Pick Up During a Voicemail

Apple's Latest Patent Will Let You Pick Up During a Voicemail

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Apple was awarded today a patent for technology that will enable iPhone users to listen to voicemails as they’re being left, as well as to pick up mid-message.
March 4, 2014 in Technology
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
Apple's Latest Patent Tracks Temperature, Perspiration and Heart Rate -- in Your Headphones

Apple's Latest Patent Tracks Temperature, Perspiration and Heart Rate -- in Your Headphones

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Filed in 2008, the USPTO granted the request by Apple for a headphone system that can monitor biometric data and can potentially be controlled with head gestures.
February 18, 2014 in News and Trends
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
Ever Heard of a Patent Map? They Can Help Predict the Future.

Ever Heard of a Patent Map? They Can Help Predict the Future.

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By presenting dense technical text in a simple visual format, patent maps can be efficient tools for reading a competitive landscape, preforming due diligence and even forecasting upcoming trends.
February 3, 2014 in Management & Operations
Google Sells Motorola at a Major Loss, But Keeps What It Really Wanted All Along

Google Sells Motorola at a Major Loss, But Keeps What It Really Wanted All Along

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For the search giant, the sale of its smartphone-making division to Lenovo comes with good news as well as some bad news.
January 30, 2014 in Mobile
Despite Long, Litigious Past, Samsung and Google Announce 10 Year Cross-Licensing Agreement

Despite Long, Litigious Past, Samsung and Google Announce 10 Year Cross-Licensing Agreement

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The agreement comes after years of patent disputes over smartphones and tablets.
January 27, 2014 in Mobile
Google Becomes the Latest Victim of Patent Trolling

Google Becomes the Latest Victim of Patent Trolling

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SimpleAir, a non-practicing entity that has gone after other tech giants, is seeking $125 million or more in damages for patent infringement.
January 23, 2014 in Legal Center
More Bad News for Patent Trolls

More Bad News for Patent Trolls

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On Monday, both the Supreme Court and New York State took a crack at trolling.
January 14, 2014 in Legal Center
In Patent War, Apple and Samsung to Try Mediation Before March Court Date

In Patent War, Apple and Samsung to Try Mediation Before March Court Date

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Next month, CEOs from both companies will sit down to discuss "settlement opportunities" to try and resolve the ongoing patent disputes.
January 9, 2014 in News and Trends
A Tech-Driven Apparel Company Pockets Big Sales

A Tech-Driven Apparel Company Pockets Big Sales

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Scottevest has recorded steady revenue growth, expecting to finish 2013 with sales of $10 million.
December 29, 2013 in Starting a Business
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
House Passes Anti-Patent Troll Bill, Sends to Senate

House Passes Anti-Patent Troll Bill, Sends to Senate

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The Innovation Act sailed through a first vote on Capitol Hill today, but faces challenges before becoming law.
December 5, 2013 in Innovation
Entrepreneurs Want Patent Trolls Gone, But Current Legislation Is Sloppy

Entrepreneurs Want Patent Trolls Gone, But Current Legislation Is Sloppy

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The House of Representatives is expected to take up the Innovation Act today, but stakeholders fear that the increased paperwork required by the bill would be counterproductive.
December 4, 2013 in Innovation
5 Tips for Creating a Prototype

5 Tips for Creating a Prototype

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A prototype is often the only way to know if your idea will fly, and if your startup is ready to launch.
November 24, 2013 in Startup Basics

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