copyright

Did my startup just unintentionally infringe upon a copyright?

You may have done just that. And legally speaking, there’s no such a thing as unintentional or accidental copyright infringement. Even the simple use of a picture that a member of your staff downloaded from the Internet—perhaps even from a “free site”—can create a liability issue for a startup using the copyrighted work without permission. In addition, if you hire …

IP Basics for Startups

IP Basics for Startups

Protecting a startup is critical for entrepreneurs, as well as for investors. Intellectual property (IP) protection can help your company secure capital and build brand awareness. All invested and interested parties need to concern themselves with protecting a startup’s valuable intellectual property, or the startup may go nowhere. With that in mind, review these common IP questions and answers. When …

Start-ups: Don’t Forget about Design Patents!

When startups begin talking about intellectual property, the focus is often on utility patents. These are patents that cover the creation of a new or improved—and useful—product, process or machine. Generally speaking, a utility patent protects the way an article is used and works, but a design patent protects the way an article looks. To give you some idea about …

Common IP Mistakes When Starting a Startup

There’s really no “startup” if you don’t have a stream of revenue. The major revenue stream for a new startup is the product you’re bringing to market. However, you can’t do that if you don’t own what you’re selling. Mistakes with intellectual property issues can be the death knell of the hopes and dreams of a budding entrepreneur. Those that …

Intellectual Property Protection a Critical Consideration for Startups

Although there are literally a thousand things for a new startup to consider, intellectual property (IP) protection should be high on the list. The protection of intellectual property for a startup can decrease competition, help defend against infringement claims, and help a startup stop the theft of its innovations by bigger companies. In addition, intellectual property can also be attractive …

Detroit Is Trying Really Hard to Woo Young Workers

Source: Bloomberg  Detroit needs more people like Victoria Schein. Less than a year out of Smith College, the 23-year-old software engineer has filed for 14 patents and received nine as part of Ford Motor Co.’s driverless-vehicle research team. A self-described “California girl” with a thing for cars, Schein, a former Ford summer intern in the company’s Silicon Valley research center, …

Turning Plastic to Oil, U.K. Startup Sees Money in Saving Oceans

Source: Bloomberg At a garbage dump about 80 miles west of London, Adrian Griffiths is testing an invention he’s confident will save the world’s oceans from choking in plastic waste. And earn him millions. His machine, about the size of a tennis court, churns all sorts of petroleum-based products — cling wrap, polyester clothing, carpets, electronics — back into oil. …

U.K. Warns Facebook, Google, Twitter to Better Fight Hate Speech

Source: Bloomberg U.K. Home Secretary Amber Rudd warned Facebook Inc,. Alphabet Inc.’s Google, and Twitter Inc. to improve monitoring of extremist and hate content after a panel of lawmakers urged her to consider making the hosting of such material a crime. A report from Parliament’s cross-party Home Affairs Committee, to be published Monday, said the companies are “shamefully far” from …

Your Guide to Ivanka Trump’s Potential Conflicts of Interest

Source: Bloomberg On April 25, presidential daughter Ivanka Trump joined a panel on women entrepreneurs in Berlin, where the moderator asked: “What is your role, and who are you representing, your father as president of the United States, the American people, or your business?” Ivanka Trump said she wasn’t there for her firm, but the question crystallized her situation, which …