Intellectual Property Blog

Tips for Business Owners: Document the Transfer, Assignment, or License of Your Copyrights

The second you create an original work, you own the copyright for that work. It does not need to be registered for you to have ownership. It is your intellectual property. But what if you want someone else to have control over the copyright? Or maybe you want to license some of the rights so someone else can use the asset? How does that work? Does the U.S. Copyright Office have some kind of special […]

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Tips for Business Owners: Understand How Work Made for Hire Impacts Your Intellectual Property

Understanding and maximizing your company’s intellectual property (IP) assets, which include trademarks, copyrights, patents, and trade secrets, is crucial as you operate and expand your business. This knowledge will help you identify and pursue remedies if someone uses your IP assets without authorization. Your IP assets can also help establish the value of your company when taking out a loan, partnering with another company, or selling your business. Conduct an audit to determine what intellectual […]

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Tips for Business Owners: Carefully Select and Protect Trademarks

A trademark identifies a product’s source. It helps customers differentiate your business from competitors. If you develop a good reputation, customers know they can trust products bearing your trademark. Service marks are close cousins to trademarks and serve a similar purpose. They just identify the source of services, instead of goods. But not all logos or business names qualify for registration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the accompanying protections. Consider […]

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Tips for Business Owners: 3 Must-Do’s When Creating Your Logo

A recognizable logo allows you to advertise your business anywhere – on your storefront sign, website, business cards, employee ID cards, in-store signage, product packaging, print ads, social media accounts, and so many more places. It is a crucial part of branding, so businesses should take the time to ensure it is done right. But before you commit to any concept for your logo, work with an intellectual property lawyer to do a trademark search. […]

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Tips for Business Owners: Your Website Means You Operate in the Global Market

It is easy to think of yourself as a small, local business, especially if you never leave the house to run it. However, the reality is the second you create a website you are operating in the global marketplace. This also means you are subject to many of the same laws and regulations as huge multi-national corporations. Consider all the places where you plan to manufacture, transport, and distribute products. You should understand the rules […]

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Tips for Business Owners: Get All Agreements in Writing

As a business owner, you should ensure that all agreements are in writing. This is important not just for issues relating to intellectual property but for all aspects of your business. Here are a few reasons why. It eliminates incorrect assumptions. Imagine you start a t-shirt business with a colleague. He creates the designs, and you handle operating and marketing. After a year, one particular shirt design has become so popular that a major clothing […]

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