Intellectual Property

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Intellectual Property 101 – Copyrights, Trademarks, Trade Secrets & 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 four main types of intellectual property and what you should know about each. Copyright When you create works such as art, music, [...]