Trademarks

Infographics

How to Conduct a Patent Search to Make Sure Your Brilliant Invention Doesn't Already Exist (Infographic)

A step-by-step guide on how to find out if your invention has already been patented. We're crossing our fingers it hasn't.
Legal

Yelp Sues Sites That Claim They Can Sell Business Owners 5-Star Reviews

The embattled crowdsourced review platform returns to court again but this time it is on the other side of the legal line.
Infographics

The Companies That Apply for the Most Patents and Trademarks (Infographic)

Legal startup SmartUp generated this infographic summarizing who is getting patents, where and how long it is taking the application process to complete.
Legal

Bovine Blowup: Red Bull in Trademark Dispute With Beer Startup Old Ox Brewery

'An ox is a castrated bull,' the energy drink giant wrote in a recent filing.
Celebrities

Taylor Swift's Latest Trademark Filings Reveal a Shrewd Business Strategy

The star stealthily filed trademark applications for certain lyrical stylings from her latest album, '1989.'
Patents

Lower Trademark Filing Fees Coming Soon

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will be charging lower filing fees starting in the middle of January.
Trademarks

Chick-fil-A Fails to Shut Down 'Eat More Kale' in Trademark Battle

A kale-loving solopreneur triumphed over the famous chicken chain, who's slogan is 'Eat Mor Chikin.'
Twitter

Twitpic Is Dead -- This Time, For Real

The photo-sharing and hosting service that couldn't afford a legal trademark battle with Twitter said it was closing down in September. Then, it was back! Update: Just kidding.
Intellectual Property

Have a Brilliant Idea? How to Keep it Safe. (Infographic)

From patents to trademarks to copyrights, here is an overview of what you can legally do to protect your intellectual property.
Trademarks

What to Do If Someone Uses Your Trademark

The saying, 'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery' just doesn't fly when dealing with trademarks.
brand positioning

Find Your Brand's Proof Points

Identify the very unique attributes of a product or service that make it special. Then solidify the positioning.
Trademarks

Gone in a Flash: Twitpic to Shut Down Following Dispute With Twitter

The image sharing site is closing down after Twitter requested it drop its trademark application.
Trademarks

Looking to Freeze Out Others, ALS Association Wants to Trademark the 'Ice Bucket Challenge'

If they succeed, the non-profit could use the registration to block other charities from capitalizing on the viral campaign.
Small Business Heroes

Your Ideas Have No Value

Get over holding onto your ideas and get out there and do something with them.
Patent trolls

A Rant, and Some Suggestions What to Do, About Patent Trolls

An entrepreneur devoted to innovation and protection of intellectual property lets loose about patent trolls and the patent system that enables them.