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An Introduction to Copyright Law

Posted by Isabel Fox | Jan 31, 2023 | 0 Comments

The first in a series on copyright law, this article provides a high-level introduction to copyrights. It explains what types of works can be copyrighted and some of the benefits of pursuing protection through copyright registration.

The Americans with Disabilities Act and E-Commerce: Be Sure Your Website is ADA Compliant

Posted by Stanton Braden | Jun 27, 2022 | 0 Comments

Although the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (the “ADA") passed prior to the popularization of e-commerce, it's important to consider the standards outlined by the ADA when setting up your website to ensure accessibility for all potential customers. Failure to meet ADA standards can result in legal action, in addition to lost sales.

The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT): Part 1

Posted by Isabel Fox | May 30, 2022 | 0 Comments

The Patent Cooperation Treaty, or PCT, is a popular path for pursuing patent protection in more than 150 member countries. The first article in this series will provide a brief overview of the PCT and some of the benefits of using the PCT, rather than direct national filings, to pursue foreign patent protection.

Public Disclosure Without IP Protection: A Common Startup Oversight

Posted by Isabel Fox | Apr 28, 2022 | 0 Comments

Public disclosure of an idea or product without having IP protection in place can cause serious issues for your startup company, including potential theft of your idea or product and losing your opportunity to later apply for a patent. The timing of both your public disclosure and filing a patent application is of the utmost importance and should be discussed with an IP attorney or agent as soon as you plan to publicly disclose your idea or product.

Why Investing in Intellectual Property is Essential for Startup Companies

Posted by Isabel Fox | Apr 26, 2022 | 0 Comments

We know that there are many aspects to consider when forming your startup company, and we encourage entrepreneurs to also invest in protecting their intellectual property. Obtaining IP protection may seem like a daunting, and expensive, task to take on in an already busy and cash-strapped time, but there are several ways to make IP protection more affordable than you may expect.

Similarities & Differences Between Trademarks, Trade Dress, and Design Patents

Posted by Isabel Fox | Mar 30, 2022 | 0 Comments

Trademarks, trade dress, and design patents are each exclusionary intellectual property rights that protect non-functional aspects of an owner's business operations and product lines by giving the owner legal rights to prevent others from using them. While each of these routes to protect an owner's intellectual property is somewhat similar and overlapping, differences exist. Each intellectual property right will be discussed here and then compared and contrasted with one other.

Brief Considerations of the Business Side of Intellectual Property

Posted by Isabel Fox | Feb 28, 2022 | 0 Comments

The goal of this article is to briefly acquaint individual inventors, particularly first-time inventors, and businesses that have little experience with the patent process, with several aspects of the business side of owning IP, as well as to refresh these concepts in the minds of those more experienced with business matters.

How to Combat Copycat Products on Amazon: Amazon Brand Registry and the Neutral Patent Evaluation Procedure, Part 1

Posted by Isabel Fox | Jan 26, 2022 | 0 Comments

In an effort to address the issue of copycat products, Amazon established two options for IP rights owners to combat infringement of their IP: the Amazon Brand Registry and the Neutral Patent Evaluation Procedure. This article will focus on the Amazon Brand Registry, and a follow-up article will discuss the Neutral Patent Evaluation Procedure.

How and Why to Get a Design Patent

Posted by Isabel Fox | Nov 23, 2021 | 0 Comments

A design patent is granted to an inventor who creates “any new, original and ornamental design for an article of manufacture.” The protection for a design only applies to its ornamentation, regardless of whether that ornamentation has a practical use as well. In any case where an invention has a practical use and an original ornamentation, we encourage the inventor(s) to seek both design and utility patent protection. Unlike plant and utility patents, design patents are only valid for fifteen (15) years from the filing date (increased from fourteen years of protection on May 13, 2015).

How is a Design Patent Different than a Utility Patent?

Posted by Isabel Fox | Nov 18, 2021 | 0 Comments

At the most basic level, any patent (utility, design, or plant) is an intellectual property right that gives its owner the legal right to exclude others from making, using, selling, offering to sell, or importing an invention using that patent for a period of time. Utility patents are typically related to inventions or discoveries of a utilitarian nature, and protect the functional aspects of the invention or discovery. In contrast, design patents are granted for the ornamental features of an invention and do not protect any functional aspects of the invention.

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