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How to Protect Your Intellectual Property Rights

Created as a pressure release for patent office overload, the controversial America Invents Act may give big business the edge in securing patents. Here's a guide to protecting your intellectual property rights in the post-act age.

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This story appears in the August 2011 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

No entrepreneur wants to be the next Robert Kearns, the stubborn, hard-working inventor Greg Kinnear played in the 2008 film Flash of Genius. Kearns unwisely--or, perhaps, just unluckily--lost control of his revolutionary idea, the intermittent windshield wiper.

Unfortunately, many entrepreneurs may soon be facing Kearns' fate.

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