Fair Use

Copyright Advice for Startups: Understand the Limitations of Fair Use

Copyright is protection provided by federal law for “original works of authorship.” This includes literary, dramatic, musical, architectural, cartographic, choreographic, pantomimic, pictorial, graphic, sculptural, and audiovisual creations. The U.S. Copyright Office says that “copyright” means the right to copy, but its definition has come to include a body of exclusive rights granted by law to copyright owners for protection of …

Donald Trump Meets First Amendment

President Trump may have to reconsider his assessment of the First Amendment protections if and when his intellectual property rights are threatened. One of such intellectual property rights is the right of publicity. President Trump is, regardless of your viewpoint, a celebrity who, during his Presidency or after he leaves office, will likely capitalize on his right of publicity. The …

moonlighting-intellectual-property

The IP Pitfalls of Moonlighting to get Your Startup Going

It’s not uncommon for a budding entrepreneur to get his or her startup going while keeping their full-time job. Sure, moonlighting has some advantages for individuals looking to ramp up a new company, and in some cases, it’s the only way realistically to get started. However, there are some important considerations for entrepreneurs to bear in mind when choosing to …

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, …