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Intellectual Property Archives

One small organization fights back against trademark trolls

We have previously written about the importance of protecting intellectual property related to your business. The United States is a consumer culture, which means that brand names, logos and other identifying insignia are often crucial to a company's success. Protecting intellectual property can include many actions, including registering trademarks and patents and pursuing litigation if others unfairly usurp or copy these materials.

Protecting your company's intellectual property in the New Year

Now that 2016 has arrived, many Americans are busily working to fulfill their New Year's resolutions. January is certainly a peak time for new gym memberships and diet products, but self-improvement shouldn't be limited to just physical health. The New Year is also a great time to reexamine the health and security of your business.

Why you should name your business carefully & trademark that name

When starting a new business, some decisions may be very intentional while others are made hastily. To be sure, one approach isn't always better than the other. Some successful businesses are started more or less by accident. Perhaps a grandmother loves to cook for family and friends and is eventually encouraged to open "Grandma's Café."

Checking in on the marijuana-intellectual property issue

Last summer, we wrote about one of the legal complications that arose in the wake of recreational marijuana becoming lawful in the state of Colorado. Small growers were having trouble protecting their intellectual property because federal law considers marijuana to be an illegal drug.

Three ‘spring cleaning’ steps for business owners to take

Recently, an article from Colorado Biz magazine featured some good “spring cleaning” tips for small business owners. In this post, we are going to discuss a few of the tips from the article and add a few of our own, from a business law standpoint.

Controversial patent review program upheld by appellate court

As we have discussed in past posts on our blog, patents are granted to inventors by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) as a way of preventing others from making, selling or using an invention for a certain amount of time.

Three common legal mistakes business owners make

If you are a small business owner, you probably have your hands full just keeping your company going on a day-to-day basis. Chances are that don’t have time to worry about intellectual property law, tax law, employment law or the other legal issues that may affect your company.

How to bolster your business’ intangible value

A business valuation is an important step for any business owner who is thinking about selling, bringing on new partners, finding investors or applying for a loan. But the process measures more than just the business’ worth. It also considers intangible assets that add value to the business such as goodwill or brand recognition.

What's the difference between a patent, copyright and trademark?

Chances are that you have heard the terms "patent," "copyright" and "trademark" thrown around, but you might not understand what each one means and how they are different. Each one can offer protection to small businesses but they are used for different reasons.

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