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Prior Art Search for your Patent

The first step for anyone with an invention or idea is to perform a prior art search and analysis in order to determine whether or not it’s already been done...

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Pitfalls of Website Design Contracts

So, you’re starting a business. You’ve formed your business entity and made sure you have your trademarks, patents, copyrights, and/or trade secrets in order, and now you need to get...

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What is a Work For Hire?

You may have encountered the language “work for hire” in a contract before. If you are a provider of services such as website design, graphic design, photography, branding, etc., then...

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The Basics of Copyrights

Copyrights protect the expression of ideas, as compared to trademarks that protect words or logos that are used to distinguish goods and patents that are used to protect inventions.  Copyrights...

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Can I Register a Disparaging Trademark?

The Lanham Act (the federal statute that governs trademarks) states: No trademark by which the goods of the applicant may be distinguished from the goods of others shall be refused...

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What is Entity Conversion?

Have you talked to an accountant, CPA or even a fellow business owner, and that individual tells you “You need to be an S-Corp,” but you have a limited liability...

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What is Cyberquatting?

Cybersquatting is registering or otherwise using a website domain with bad faith attempt to derive benefit from the goodwill of a trademark belonging to someone else.  This started when the...

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Beware of Interruptions by Important Vendors

Imagine this: You have an important vendor that produces an important product or service for your business, and you come to rely on that vendor to deliver regularly. Your ability...

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Cyber Holiday Sale All Week Long!

It’s Not Too Late to Save! Our Cyber Holiday Sale continues all week long! Now is your chance to give your business, (and yourself) a gift that will keep on...