What should a Startup IP Checklist include?

What is the point of a startup IP checklist? Checklists are wonderful. A helpful startup IP checklist keeps founders focused on the more important tasks and serve as reminders of any incomplete items. Intellectual property may seem daunting for startups. My goal with the following IP checklist is to keep it simple by focusing on […]

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Why founders should search trademarks before incorporating

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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