Why founders should search trademarks before incorporation

Why a trademark search before incorporation makes sense One common pitfall of incorporating is selecting a company name without first conducting a trademark search. Typically, founders consult with a corporate attorney to see if their desired corporate name is available for incorporation without any regard to the possibility that others may have registered a similar […]

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Patenting for startups: Where to begin

Keep your concepts confidential One of the most common pitfalls of startups is the failure to keep otherwise patentable concepts confidential until after applying for a patent. Many entrepreneurs do not realize that US patent laws provide inventors with a 1-year grace period – namely, you have only one year from the earliest date of […]

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When should a startup file a trademark application?

When the name of your company is also the name of your product It’s best to conduct a trademark search for your company name even before incorporating if possible. A search will provide not only peace of mind, but also a helpful assurance that you ought to be able to sell product under the company […]

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