Former Professor on Trial for Taking Schools IP Rights

Photo Credit: Adam Procter A case in the news shows the importance of having an IP policy in place at your startup that explains to your employees that the company owns what’s invented at work… A former University of Missouri professor is on trial for his plans to sell an innovative process for making antifreeze by his own company. The school …

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How to Sell Your Startup’s Intellectual Property

The intellectual property of your startup can be bought and sold, licensed, exchanged, or donated just like other types of property. A sound strategy for the management of your company’s intellectual property rights will prove to be very profitable if you have experienced legal counsel and understand how these different techniques of conveyance are used. Think of conveying your IP …

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If I Pay Someone to Create Content for My Startup, Do I Own It?

As you begin operations for your startup, you’ll most likely need help with various types of tasks. Your company may need to develop an app for a Smartphone or write instructions for using your products. You also might hire an independent professional to write the content for your website. These scenarios are all examples of possible copyright issues. Many new …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …