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

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

Attorney Doug Wolf wants to answer your big startup questions about trademarks, copyright, due diligence and working with venture groups.
How to Take Advantage of the “First-to-File” Patent System

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

There were big changes last year to who acquires protection. Here are answers to four common questions.
Apple's Latest Patent Will Let You Pick Up During a Voicemail

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

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.
What Sochi Can Teach Us About Trademarks

What Sochi Can Teach Us About Trademarks

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.
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

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.
Keeping Your Intellectual Property Safe and Sound

Keeping Your Intellectual Property Safe and Sound

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

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

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.
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

For the search giant, the sale of its smartphone-making division to Lenovo comes with good news as well as some bad news.
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

The agreement comes after years of patent disputes over smartphones and tablets.
Google Becomes the Latest Victim of Patent Trolling

Google Becomes the Latest Victim of Patent Trolling

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

More Bad News for Patent Trolls

On Monday, both the Supreme Court and New York State took a crack at trolling.
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

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

A Tech-Driven Apparel Company Pockets Big Sales

Scottevest has recorded steady revenue growth, expecting to finish 2013 with sales of $10 million.
How to Keep Your Startup's Secrets Private

How to Keep Your Startup's Secrets Private

Our expert attorney Peter Buckland discusses how startups should go about divulging startup secrets to investors, business partners and others.
House Passes Anti-Patent Troll Bill, Sends to Senate

House Passes Anti-Patent Troll Bill, Sends to Senate

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

Entrepreneurs Want Patent Trolls Gone, But Current Legislation Is Sloppy

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.
5 Tips for Creating a Prototype

5 Tips for Creating a Prototype

A prototype is often the only way to know if your idea will fly, and if your startup is ready to launch.
Will the New Patent Law Kill the Garage Inventor and Startup?

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

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.
Why Intellectual Property Allows You to Be An Entrepreneur

Why Intellectual Property Allows You to Be An Entrepreneur

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

7 Ways to Save Big Bucks On a Patent Attorney

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

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

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.
Tell Us: Is Intellectual Property Even Property at All?

Tell Us: Is Intellectual Property Even Property at All?

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.
Angry Business Owner Wages War on 'Troll'

Angry Business Owner Wages War on 'Troll'

Kevin O'Connor, who co-founded ad tech company Doubleclick, is publicly battling a patent troll who is demanding $50,000.
Rainbow Loom Maker Sues Rival Toymaker Over Patents

Rainbow Loom Maker Sues Rival Toymaker Over Patents

Choon Ng, creator of the colorful bracelet-making kit that has become a national sensation, has accused a fellow toymaker of patent infringement.
7 Biggest Myths Business Owners Believe About Using Copyrighted Material

7 Biggest Myths Business Owners Believe About Using Copyrighted Material

When it comes to copyright, how savvy are you? Here are the biggest misconceptions business-owners have about using copyrighted material.

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