Intellectual Property

Three Critical Issues in Intellectual Property Contract Terms

Ownership of intellectual property is a critical issue in many contract negotiations. Learn the basics about what entrepreneurs should know in this post. Intellectual property is often the most valuable asset of many companies, especially startups. That's why it is important to clearly address ownership of intellectual property in your contracts with third parties. [...]

By | March 25th, 2017|Contracts, Freelancers, Intellectual Property, Small Business, Startups|

Why Your Website Needs a DMCA/Copyright Policy

If you operate a website, you should consider enacting a DMCA policy to limit your exposure to copyright infringement claims. In this post, we'll explain your risk and how you can protect your startup or small business. (You might also want to check out our two part series on terms of use and privacy policies - here [...]

By | February 27th, 2017|Contracts, Freelancers, Intellectual Property, Small Business, Startups|

Terms of Use & Privacy Policies – What Entrepreneurs Should Know (Part Two)

The legal policies that accompany your startup's website or mobile app are important. Last week we explained why you might need them, this week we'll explain what goes in them. Terms of Use As we explained last week, your Terms of Use are legal terms that your users accept and agree to when they [...]

By | February 11th, 2017|Contracts, Freelancers, Intellectual Property, Small Business, Startups|

Terms of Use & Privacy Policies – What Entrepreneurs Should Know (Part One)

When you launch a website or app you are probably not thinking about legal issues, but you should. Depending on what your website or app does, you may need legal terms to protect you. In this post you'll learn the basics of Terms of Use and Privacy Policies and why you might need them. In [...]

By | February 2nd, 2017|Contracts, Freelancers, Intellectual Property, Small Business, Startups|

What Entrepreneurs Should Know About Trademark Law

Too many entrepreneurs contact me *after* discovering they may not own their company name. Don't let that happen to you! In this post we'll explore the core aspects of trademark law that every entrepreneur should know. Trademarks protect your name/logo A trademark is any name, logo, slogan, etc., that is used to identify and distinguish your [...]

By | December 30th, 2016|Freelancers, Intellectual Property, Small Business, Startups|

Intellectual Property 101 – Copyrights, Trademarks, & Patents

Intellectual property is among the most valuable assets for many businesses today, especially for startups. That's why it is important that you understand the basic elements of IP law. In this post, we'll explain the three main types of intellectual property and what you should know about each. Copyright When you create works such as art, music, [...]

By | September 15th, 2016|Freelancers, Intellectual Property, Small Business, Startups|

Why the ABC v. Aereo Case Really Matters

When society encounters new technologies the then-current intellectual property laws often don't provide clear answers to the new problems presented by the new technologies. That is the problem in the ABC v. Aereo case. Today both sides argued their points to the Supreme Court and the decision from the court might have much broader implications than just [...]

By | April 22nd, 2014|Intellectual Property, Opinion, Regulations|

An Idea to Stop Patent Trolls

I had breakfast this morning with a fellow IP attorney and we discussed patent trolls. During the conversation I came up with a potential fix for our messy troll situation (I'm probably not the first person to think of this and I plan to research it further). Trademarks may only be protected if the mark [...]

By | April 9th, 2014|Intellectual Property, Opinion, Regulations|