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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
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
Rainbow Loom Maker Sues Rival Toymaker Over Patents

Rainbow Loom Maker Sues Rival Toymaker Over Patents

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Choon Ng, creator of the colorful bracelet-making kit that has become a national sensation, has accused a fellow toymaker of patent infringement.
September 12, 2013 in Leadership
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
Obama Administration Makes a Rare Move Defending Apple in a Longstanding Patent War Between Apple and Samsung

Obama Administration Makes a Rare Move Defending Apple in a Longstanding Patent War Between Apple and Samsung

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The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative stepped into the Samsung-Apple battle and vetoed the ruling from the International Trade Commission earlier in the summer.
August 5, 2013 in Mobile
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

5 Steps to Safeguard Your Product From Patent Theft

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Filing a patent isn't enough to protect your idea. It's important to consider how competitors might find a way around your patent and take action in advance. Here's how.
June 17, 2013 in Innovation
Patent Trolls Hit With a One-Two Punch

Patent Trolls Hit With a One-Two Punch

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Several lawmakers took action and proposed anti-trolling bills in the months leading up to Tuesday's White House crackdown.
June 4, 2013 in Legal Center

Obama Goes After 'Patent Trolls'

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The White House announces executive actions and legislative recommendations Tuesday that aim to protect innovators from frivolous lawsuits.
June 4, 2013 in Business Ideas
How to Know If You Need to Patent Your Product

How to Know If You Need to Patent Your Product

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You are ready to introduce your invention to the world, but first you should consider whether your new product requires a patent to help make it commercially viable.
May 22, 2013 in Legal Center
How to Protect Your Business Idea Without a Patent

How to Protect Your Business Idea Without a Patent

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You don't have to fork over thousands of dollars in legal fees to safeguard your business idea with a patent. Here are some affordable easy steps to help ensure you're protecting your ideas from theft.
May 8, 2013 in Business Ideas
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
The Rising Threat of Patent Trolls and What You Can Do to Protect Your Startup

The Rising Threat of Patent Trolls and What You Can Do to Protect Your Startup

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Tim Sparapani of Application Developers Alliance provides insight into the world of patent trolls.
April 15, 2013 in Startup Basics
Quirky and GE Team Up to Make Inventing Easier

Quirky and GE Team Up to Make Inventing Easier

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The two companies announced a new partnership that'll give citizen inventors access to a portion of GE's patent coffers, as well as a co-branded effort that could effectively appify your home.
April 12, 2013 in News and Trends

Patents and Copyrights: How to Play By the Rules

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Serial entrepreneur Mike Jones shares his insight on protecting your startup.
April 10, 2013 in Starting a Business
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
How to Defend Your Designs Against Knockoffs

How to Defend Your Designs Against Knockoffs

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There are many ways to fight copycats--and they may even lead to opportunities.
February 7, 2013 in Marketing

Patent vs. Market Penetration: Where Should Your Focus Be?

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Veteran venture capitalist Jason Green on why gaining market share is critical for early-stage startups.
December 19, 2012 in Grow Your Business
Video: Why Patents Won't Protect YouPlay Video

Why Patents Won't Protect You (Video)

Brian Cohen, an early investor in Pinterest, says entrepreneurs should get over their fears of being ripped off.
November 19, 2012 in Legal Basics For Startups
What the Apple vs. Samsung Lawsuit Means for the Future of Smartphone Design

What the Apple vs. Samsung Lawsuit Means for the Future of Smartphone Design

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Samsung was ordered to pay Apple $1 billion for infringing on its patents. Will this change the way other mobile devices are made?
August 27, 2012 in Mobile

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