Intellectual Property

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The 3 Essential Things Needed in a Founders' Agreement

While your relationship with your co-founder may be peachy right now, there is a possibility it could turn sour down the road. To protect yourself (and the company), make sure these three areas are covered in your founders' agreement.
Manufacturing

Your One-Stop Guide to Royalty Rates (Infographic)

There are several important factors to consider before you license your invention. Here's a handy overview to help you out.
3-D Printing

Hasbro to Let Fans Design 3-D Printed My Little Pony Art

Hasbro and the online marketplace Shapeways said their team-up marks the first time that a major global company has opened up its intellectual property for fan-made products.
Patents

Tesla's New Patent Strategy Makes Sense

For a large number of people to replace their gasoline-powered cars with electric- vehicles, many automakers need to make electric cars.
Intellectual Property

How to Triage Your Intellectual Property Needs

While this protection can rack up a bill, businesses will gain certain competitive advantages in the process.
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How to Avoid Trademark Infringement

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.
Copyrights

Counteracting Copyright and Trademark Infringement Online

Take protective measures and find out how enforcement actions can provide your businesss relief.
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When Entrepreneurs Should Be Concerned About Copyrighting and Trademarking

Dealing with legalities like copyright and trademarks can be a confusing (and costly) matter for entrepreneurs. Our expert attorney Doug Wolf provides some insight into this gray area.
Intellectual Property

7 Persistent Myths About Intellectual Property

Misunderstandings about patents and copyrights can cost your business. Avoid these traps.
Patents

When It Makes Sense to Hire a Patent Attorney

While patent attorneys can be costly, they can help protect your ideas and work, which can save you money down the road.
Patents

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.
Growth Strategies

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.
Technology

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.
Growth Strategies

How to Sell Your Business for Top Dollar in 2014

2014 looks like it's going to be a seller's market for small businesses, so here are five tips to help you know what you're worth.