Intellectual Property

Join Venture Legal at WordCamp Kansas City 2018

Our presentation was selected again for WordCamp Kansas City! Join us to learn the Five Legal Issues Every Freelancer Should Understand. You can buy tickets and learn about WordCamp on their website. The presentation: If you are running a freelance business in Kansas City (or even just moonlighting), you should consider how the law impacts what [...]

What Entrepreneurs Should Know About Copyrights (Part 3)

Do you know what you can protect, how to secure your rights, and what constitutes copyright infringement? If not, then these three posts are for you! Part one covered what you can protect; part two explained how to secure your rights; and this post explores copyright infringement. What Constitutes Copyright Infringement Definition Copyright infringement occurs when [...]

What Entrepreneurs Should Know About Copyrights (Part 2)

Do you know what you can protect, how to secure your rights, and what constitutes copyright infringement? If not, then these three posts are for you! Part one covered what you can protect; this post explains how to secure your rights; and part three will explore copyright infringement. How To Obtain a Copyright Registration isn’t [...]

What Entrepreneurs Should Know About Copyrights (Part 1)

Do you know what you can protect, how to secure your rights, and what constitutes copyright infringement? If not, then these three posts are for you! This post one covers what you can protect; part two explains how to secure your rights; and part three will explore copyright infringement. What is a Copyright A copyright is just [...]

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 [...]

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  [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]