Bodacious Secret No. 1: Protect Ideas

It may come as a surprise to many, but most ideas, concepts, and formats are not per se protectable as forms of intellectual property, which means these forms are free for the taking unless an entrepreneur takes additional steps. The steps an entrepreneur can take to protect ideas, concepts, and formats involve utilizing confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, and/or protecting the expression of the idea through the copyright, trademark, and patent process.

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The 9 Legal Secrets Every Entrepreneur Should Know To Have A More Bodacious Business

After almost 20 years in intellectual property law, I’ve worked in and for everything from startups to conglomerates. All companies face the same pressures to stand out and create something unique in the minds of the consumer, and that’s where intellectual property comes in.

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The Cost To Be The Boss Just Went Up: The New Patent Fees

One of the most frequent questions I'm asked, is "how much does a patent cost?" In this post, I'll only address government filing fees associated with filing a patent, because the true nature of the cost of a patent depends on attorneys fees, USPTO feedback about the patent application, and maintenance fees over the life of an issued patent.

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Dale Chihuly's Luck Ran Out, And Yours Probably Will Too.

Doing business with no written agreement may feel like the easy, no hassle way to do business, the reality is that without a written agreement outlining the terms and expectations of the parties, companies leave the door wide open for trouble. When you don’t write down the terms of the agreement, in the event there is a dispute, you run the risk of having the court decide the issue in a way that you might not like, and in a way that will cost you.

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De-risking Disruption: How Intellectual Property Insurance Can Level The Playing Field For Small Business

Whether and when to invest in a specific intellectual property insurance product is a decision made on a case-by-case basis with the help of a qualified insurance professional.  Keep in mind there are numerous caveats, and policies vary.  However, in most cases, a carrier will want to understand whether an intellectual property attorney regularly advises a business on IP risk.

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Innovating Women: The True Path To Power.

Let's face it.  Women are powerhouses. We bring home the bacon and fry it up in the pan (as my Match.com profile used to say). Women are doers, makers, planners, hustlers, ballers, bosses, and the list goes on and on. In fact, women business owners have almost singled-handedly driven growth in the US economy since the 2009 recession...

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