Intellectual Property Protection: How to Protect IP

What does it mean to protect intellectual property? Now that we know what intellectual property is, let’s talk about how to protect intellectual property. The word “protect” is curious in the context of IP. What do we mean by intellectual property protection? If you think of IP as an asset, then it makes sense. What […]

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How can an Amazon seller use design patents?

How can an Amazon seller benefit from design patents? IP simply cannot be ignored when you’re selling on Amazon. A common misconception is that IP is not a factor when low-tech or no-tech products are involved. Don’t fall into that trap. Those who tend to ignore IP are the ones caught off guard when, for […]

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What is intellectual property (IP)?

What is an intellectual property right? Intellectual property (IP) can seem abstract. You can see and experience the benefits of innovation, but you can’t touch IP itself. It’s often called intangible. So what is IP exactly? At its core, IP is a legal right. Intellect refers to the mind, so intellectual property refers to a […]

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How to Get a Patent

Utility or design patent? In order to know how to get a patent, first determine the type of IP you need. Do you need a utility or design patent, or both? A simple way to tell is to focus on the unique features, and ask whether they are primarily functional or visual. If you have […]

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Does a patent attorney near me matter?

Does searching for a patent attorney near me make sense? There was a time when the main way to find a patent attorney was to ask for a referral. Anyone can go online now and simply search for attorneys, but there seems to be an inclination to look for patent attorneys nearby. Does searching for […]

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Patent Opposition: Does it exist?

Can you file a patent opposition against a pending application? You may have heard of a trademark opposition as the way to challenge a trademark application, but is there an equivalent proceeding for challenging patent applications? Yes there is, but it’s not called a patent opposition. A few options exist, but they go by different […]

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What is a good utility patent?

What makes a utility patent good? A patent can be both a sword and shield. Defensively, a patent blocks future applicants from patenting the same invention. Offensively, a patent can be enforced to pursue licensing or to stop competitors from infringing. In this post, we’ll look at what makes for a good utility patent on […]

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What questions on filing a patent to ask if you are not sure

What questions should you ask when you’re unsure about filing a patent application? Making a decision about filing a patent can be a daunting task. Where do you start? What will it cost? Will you even be able to get a patent? If so, will patents help? Let’s walk through a few preliminary questions about […]

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Why or why not file a patent application?

Why not file a patent application? Deciding whether or not to file a patent application is not easy. Endless questions may be circling in the minds of founders. Will the innovation work? Will customers want my new product? What if it flops? The difficulty lies in the uncertainty of the future. If you knew for […]

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What can go wrong with a cheap provisional patent application?

Isn’t a cheap provisional patent application better than nothing? Provisional patent applications serve a useful purpose. When written properly, a provisional application can provide valuable patent-pending status for one year. This buys time for the applicant to secure funding, make money or pursue any number of business plans that may help justify and pay for […]

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