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Copyrighting Your Business's Creations

A copyright is a form of protection provided to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works, both published and [more…]

Protecting Your Business's Creations with a Patent

Patents allow the patent holder (in this case, your business) an exclusive right to obtain the full financial benefits of your business's patented invention before others are allowed to help themselves [more…]

How to Choose a Lawyer to Work with Your Business

Believe it or not, most lawyers are nice people, and a lawyer can help you start and maintain your small business. Any business — even a home-based business — needs an attorney on its support team. [more…]

Prelitigation and e-Discovery Timeline

Adhering to a pre-litigation and e-discovery timeline will keep you on track. Before litigation even starts, you must start evaluating — with your IT team and legal counsel — where you stand in terms of [more…]

E-Discovery Categories of Electronically Stored Information

In e-discovery, electronically stored information (ESI) is divided into five categories, which are grouped into two tiers based on the effort and cost needed to access ESI. Keep these categories in mind [more…]

Seven Steps of the E-Discovery Process

In the e-discovery process, you must perform certain functions for identifying and preserving electronically stored (ESI), and meet requirements regarding conditions such as relevancy and privilege. Typically [more…]

E-Discovery Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Federal Rules of Evidence

During the e-discovery process, keep the e-discovery amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) and Federal Rules of Evidence (FRE) close by. These federal rules apply to the process for [more…]

The Patent Process

A patent is the most expensive and complex type of IP (intellectual property) right. Decide whether you can protect your IP with a copyright, trademark, or service mark, or by keeping it under wraps as [more…]

The Basics of Copyrights

A copyright protects an Original Work of Authorship (OWA) — think short story, computer program, or song lyrics, for example — which must have tangible form, be a result of significant mental activity, [more…]

How to Identify Your Commercial Identifiers

If you’re developing work or product that you want to get a patent on, register as the copyright holder of, or trademark, you need to be able to distinguish the fruit of your labors from the work of other [more…]

How to Keep Trade Secrets

The world of patents, copyrights, and trademarks includes trade secrets. Trade secrets can take many forms, such as your customer and supplier list, your next marketing campaign, a particular process or [more…]

Useful Acronyms for Patents, Copyrights, and Trademarks

The world of patents, copyrights, and trademarks has its share of acronyms, just like any other field. Although when you see IP, you may think “Internet protocol,” in the intellectual property realm, IP [more…]

Patents, Copyrights & Trademarks For Dummies Cheat Sheet

You protect physical property with security systems and watchdogs, you protect your intellectual property with a patent, copyright, or trademark. To use these safeguards, you need to know the steps involved [more…]

Protecting Your Invention Idea

A patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret are ways to protect your invention idea. If you’re patented product is really good and you’re successful at marketing it, chances are you’re going to have [more…]

Inventing Licensing Tips

If you don’t have the resources to produce, market, sell and distribute your invention idea, licensing your patent to companies is a great way to make money on your invention. Only a few patents [more…]

Inventing For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Inventing is more than coming up with a great idea. It’s the process of successfully marketing your idea and the invention, itself. This includes licensing your work, and protecting your intellectual property [more…]

Keeping Trade Secrets

Trade secrets can take many forms, such as your customer and supplier list, your next marketing campaign, a particular process or formula, or your finances. Here’s how you can protect them: [more…]

Patents, Registered Designs, Trade Marks and Copyright Acronyms to Know

The world of patents, registered designs, trade marks and copyright can be a minefield of jargon and acronyms. Here’s a quick reference to help you out: [more…]

Getting Protected with Copyright

A copyright protects an Original Work of Authorship (OWA) – think short story, computer program or song lyrics, for example – which must be the author’s original creation. Here’s some at-a-glance info [more…]

Making Your Mark with Trademarks

You can trademark all sorts of different things. Different types of marks distinguish your product, service or company from others. Here’s a brief description of the different marks: [more…]

Navigating the Perilous Patent Path

Because a patent is the most expensive and complex type of IP (intellectual property) right, first analyse whether you can protect your IP with copyright, a trademark, or a service mark, or by keeping [more…]

Patents, Registered Designs, Trade Marks and Copyright For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

If you have a great idea for the next big thing, an eye-catching logo, or an exciting business concept, you need to understand how to safeguard your creations. This Cheat Sheet gives you a basic grounding [more…]

Product Development Lingo

Get to know the following product development language so you’re on top of your game and your head isn’t spinning from all the jargon used during new product development meetings and conventions: [more…]

Eight Considerations to Make before Going to Court

Before your big court date, it is especially important that you be prepared and come across as polite, respectful, organized, and armed with the documents you need. [more…]

Eight Key Things to Think About after You've Been to Court

When the arguments have been made and countered and the judge has had time to mull over the evidence and statements given in court, it will be time to hear judgment. Here's what you need to consider after [more…]

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