Why patents matter to your startup

Why should startups care about patents? Spend enough time on the internet and you will find arguments both for and against startup patents. One side argues that patents take too much money and time, and that startups would be better off focusing on execution. The other side argues that you should get a patent to […]

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How to patent a product

Should you file a patent application? Before diving into the details of how to patent a product, let’s consider a more fundamental question: Should you patent your product or idea? A wise IP strategy should take into consideration the following factors before filing patent applications: Product lifespan (How long will the product realistically last in […]

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

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