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

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

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.
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

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.
The FTC Recommends Sweeping Investigation of Patent Trolls

The FTC Recommends Sweeping Investigation of Patent Trolls

Edith Ramirez, chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission, intends to launch a comprehensive inquiry into patent-assertion entities.

5 Steps to Safeguard Your Product From Patent Theft

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.
Patent Trolls Hit With a One-Two Punch

Patent Trolls Hit With a One-Two Punch

Several lawmakers took action and proposed anti-trolling bills in the months leading up to Tuesday's White House crackdown.

Obama Goes After 'Patent Trolls'

The White House announces executive actions and legislative recommendations Tuesday that aim to protect innovators from frivolous lawsuits.
How to Know If You Need to Patent Your Product

How to Know If You Need to Patent Your Product

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.
How to Protect Your Business Idea Without a Patent

How to Protect Your Business Idea Without a Patent

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

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

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.
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

Tim Sparapani of Application Developers Alliance provides insight into the world of patent trolls.
Quirky and GE Team Up to Make Inventing Easier

Quirky and GE Team Up to Make Inventing Easier

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.

Patents and Copyrights: How to Play By the Rules

Serial entrepreneur Mike Jones shares his insight on protecting your startup.
Obama Takes Aim at 'Patent Trolls'

Obama Takes Aim at 'Patent Trolls'

Combating patent-law abuse was among the subjects the President talked about in a Google Hangout following up his State of the Union address.
How to Defend Your Designs Against Knockoffs

How to Defend Your Designs Against Knockoffs

There are many ways to fight copycats--and they may even lead to opportunities.

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

Veteran venture capitalist Jason Green on why gaining market share is critical for early-stage startups.
Why Patents Won't Protect You

Why Patents Won't Protect You

Brian Cohen, an early investor in Pinterest, says entrepreneurs should get over their fears of being ripped off.
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

Samsung was ordered to pay Apple $1 billion for infringing on its patents. Will this change the way other mobile devices are made?
How to Deal With Copycats

How to Deal With Copycats

If you're first to market, it's not unusual for others to rip off your product. Hear entrepreneur Michael Aiello's story, plus tips from Pinterest investor Brian Cohen on handling knock-offs.
What Your Business Can Learn From Apple's Battle with Samsung

What Your Business Can Learn From Apple's Battle with Samsung

If you think a competitor copied your patented products or services, here are some ways to stand in the way of their efforts.
How to Navigate the New Patent Law

How to Navigate the New Patent Law

The age-old patent system is set to be reformed. Here's how the new law might change how or whether you get a patent.
Some Jobs Act Proposals Make Headway

Some Jobs Act Proposals Make Headway

Even as Congress considers which if any of the President's jobs measures to pass, some of his proposals are already gaining traction.
Register, Protect and Defend

Register, Protect and Defend

How to stake and protect your claim when it comes to intellectual property.

Don't File for That Patent Yet

Instead of a utility patent, a provisional patent or a trademark could be a better first step.

The Future Is...Later

A backlog of applications at the U.S. Patent Office has innovation in a stranglehold.
Patenting Your Invention

Patenting Your Invention

Patent attorney Patrick Roche of Fay Sharpe LLP talks about the history of the patent and when an entrepreneur who has an invention idea should apply and file for a patent.

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