Intellectual Property

Trade Secrets 101 – What Entrepreneurs Should Know

Protecting your trade secrets is becoming more and more important for startups and small businesses. Here's what you should know. Unlike the other forms of IP, which are primarily protected through federal laws, trade secrets are primarily protected through state laws. That means every state maintains their own trade secret statutes. However, most of them [...]

By | May 24th, 2017|Intellectual Property, Small Business, Startups|

Patents 101 – What Entrepreneurs Should Know

If you've invented something new and useful, you should consider seeking patent protection for your new invention. Startups and small businesses are always inventing things. And in certain situations, it makes sense to seek a patent on your invention to prevent others from using it. (Learn more about Intellectual Property: Copyrights 101  |  Trademarks 101  [...]

By | May 19th, 2017|Freelancers, Intellectual Property, Small Business, Startups|

Trademarks 101 – What Entrepreneurs Should Know

Startups and small businesses should take trademark law seriously! You must protect what's yours and avoid infringing the trademarks of others. Whether in Kansas City or on the coasts, it is critical that startups and small businesses understand and comply with trademark law. In this post we'll walk you through the basics of what you [...]

By | May 17th, 2017|Freelancers, Intellectual Property, Small Business, Startups|

Copyrights 101 – What Entrepreneurs Should Know

Copyright law is confusing, even for many business attorneys. But you can't ignore it. It's too important. Regardless if you are a high-growth startup, a freelancer, or a small business in Kansas City, you need to take copyright law seriously. More specifically, you need to make sure you own the copyright in your works and that [...]

By | May 12th, 2017|Freelancers, Intellectual Property, Small Business, Startups|

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|