We offer the following articles to entrepreneurs who wish to learn more about what entrepreneurs and startup companies need to know about intellectual property including patent law, trademark law, copyright, and trade secrets. These articles are meant to provide general information and are not intended to provide legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. Beware that laws may change and the courts may interpret the laws differently based on the specific facts. Always discuss your legal situations with an attorney familiar with your specific circumstances.

Intellectual Property Law is a Mine Field

By | February 16th, 2017|Patents|

Lay people, and even inventors holding several issued patents, can sometimes look at the process of filing for and obtaining patent and trademark protection and come to the conclusion that this can be a fun, weekend, do-it-yourself project. After all, there are books that purport to teach the basics of filing, software that generate applications based on a series of questions presented to the would-be inventor online, and there are many websites offering low-cost off-shore services. All in all, the process looks very manageable and doable, sort of like walking through a beautiful rose garden. But intellectual property law is not a rose garden. It’s a mine field. […]

Intellectual Property Checklist for Startups

By | December 14th, 2016|Patents, Trademark|

There are many rules and regulations for properly managing and protecting intellectual property in the startup phase. This article is not exhaustive and is not detailed to serve as a replacement for legal advice. Contact an attorney who is fully informed of your specific circumstances. […]

Patentability of Software Patents: An Update

By | August 4th, 2016|Patents|

As we approach the two year anniversary landmark ruling in Alice v CLS Bank by the US Supreme Court, this article reviews the response made by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and discusses how successful practitioners are overcoming this new hurdle. […]

Non-Disclosure Agreements vs. Patent Applications

By | February 10th, 2016|Uncategorized|

At some point in the startup formation, entrepreneurs often have to share their concepts with potential investors or customers. For startup companies that are based on new technological innovations, the prospect of another company learning about and potentially stealing their ideas is a very reasonable possibility. This article discusses some of the pros and cons of non-disclosure agreements versus filing patent applications. […]

Basic Concepts of Intellectual Property Law

By | January 5th, 2016|Patents, Trademark|

Intellectual Property law usually refers to laws for patent, trademark, trade secret, and copyright. This article reviews the basic aspects of intellectual property law. […]