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Startup
Diligence in Due Diligence

Whether it’s a dream vacation or a dream business venture, doing your due diligence is one of the most important steps you can take to ensure your success.

June 11, 2021
Strategy
IP Strategy Review - May 2021

Here's a mix of stories, links, and information related to IP Strategy. We curate interesting articles from around the globe and share them with you here.

June 4, 2021
Startup
Startup Milestones

Starting a business is like running a marathon. It takes preparation, planning, and perspiration. Fortunately, we have milestones to help you along the way.

June 1, 2021
Strategy
Why You Need a Strategic Attorney

It is essential to understand strategy, how to employ it in your business, and why you need a law firm that can think strategically.

May 21, 2021
Trademark
Matching your legal strategy to key product development milestones. (A conversation with Steven Selikoff)

A conversation with Steven Selikoff, author of The Complete Book of Product Design, Development, Manufacturing, and Sales.

May 17, 2021
Trademark
Trademarks for e-Commerce: The complete guide from an Intellectual Property attorney.

For e-Commerce store owners: how Trademarks can protect your brand, and the process to follow to secure your own registered Mark

May 10, 2021
Trademark
Trademark Infringement on Facebook: Can your page be shut down for IP violations?

Navigating trademarks in the wild wild west world of the internet.

April 30, 2021
Trademark
Hitting Your Mark: Designing a Distinctive Trademark

Why do you need a distinctive trademark? Understanding the different levels of distinctiveness can make or break your trademark application.

April 23, 2021
Trademark
Trademark Infringement: A Conversation with Trevor Bradford

A conversation with Trevor Bradford, an expert in litigation and intellectual property law, where we discuss trademark infringement and what you can do

April 16, 2021
Trademark
(ANSWERED) Common Trademark misconceptions and answers.

I recently had a Q&A chat with a friend and fellow business owner about all things TRADEMARKS.

April 9, 2021
Trademark
Applying for Your Mark: Five Tips for Trademark Success

Practical and easy-to-follow tips and tricks that will make any trademark protection for your brand even stronger.

April 2, 2021
Trademark
Trademarks: Likelihood of Confusion Explained

Making sense of the Likelihood of Confusion so your own likelihood of confusion about Likelihood of Confusion has a low likelihood of being confusing.

March 26, 2021
Startup
Not sure if you need a Trademark? Here are 4 ways a ™ can protect your brand.

Why should you get a trademark? Use trademarks wisely for exclusivity, branding, clearance, and valuation.

March 19, 2021
Strategy
A Guide to Intellectual Property Strategy (from an IP Attorney)

How to move beyond the “file & hold” or “file & prosecute” intellectual property strategies and build assets that strengthen your competitive advantage.

February 12, 2021
Patent
Top Tips for your NDAs and Confidentiality Agreements

If you find yourself using NDAs and Confidentiality Agreements often, you should be aware of the many ways that you can customize your...

July 15, 2020
Patent
When Am I Ready to File a Patent?

The innovation process is complex, iterative, and often undefined. This makes it hard to know when you’re ready to file for initial...

July 7, 2020
Impact
IP Strategy Roundup (16 June 2020)

IP Strategy sits at the crossroads of technology, law, and business. With a focus on competitive advantage, IP Strategy can be aligned...

June 16, 2020
Impact
Get “Patent Pending” – The Number One Reason You Need a Provisional Patent Application to Protect Your Invention (and how to use our 30-day challenge to get “patent pending”)

Inventors are intelligent and inquisitive. That’s a good thing. That’s how your invention came about in the first place.

June 5, 2020
Patent
Do you develop technology as an independent contractor? Here’s how you should think about defining your IP ownership, assignments, and licenses

There are a lot of moving parts when you start working together with another party on joint research & development or in an independent...

May 29, 2020
Startup
After Your Trademark Is Registered–Here Are The Things You Should Know

It’s exciting to get your trademark application approved for registration. Plus, you get a fancy certificate to show off once the...

May 28, 2020
Patent
Should you File a Divisional, Continuation, or Continuation-in-Part before your Patent Issues?

Your patent claims are allowed. Your patent is going to issue soon. Congratulations!

May 15, 2020
Impact
IP Strategy Weekly Roundup (5 May 2020)

IP Strategy sits at the crossroads of technology, law, and business. With a focus on competitive advantage, IP Strategy can be aligned...

May 6, 2020
Patent
Ready for Patents? Here’s your Quick Start Guide

You’ve got some innovative ideas, a technology team, or just an inventive approach to life. Now you want to know how to start the patent...

May 4, 2020
Strategy
Building a Business or IP Strategy? Be Strategic with your Strategist

How do you evaluate an attorney or consultant who says they do strategy?

April 20, 2020
Patent
Intellectual Property Strategy – An Integrated Approach to Aligning your IP Assets with your Business Strategy

How do you evaluate an attorney or consultant who says they do strategy?

April 20, 2020
Impact
What is Competitive Advantage?

In a prior post, I explained why the inherent characteristics of intellectual property assets (patents, for example) don’t automatically...

April 17, 2020
Patent
Four of the Fastest Fixes for your Patent Portfolio

Everyone is in crisis mode right now. Even businesses that are doing still generating acceptable revenues should recognize these...

April 16, 2020
Patent
Top 3 Mistakes when starting your Patent Strategy

Speaking with prospective clients this week reminded me of some common and potentially costly mistakes that innovators make.

April 14, 2020
Impact
Can you explain how your Patents and IP support your Competitive Advantage?

At its core, strategy is all about competitive advantage. Strategy is fundamentally about how to gain and sustain an advantage over...

April 3, 2020
Impact
COVID-19 is a (Devastating) Opportunity to Connect and Collaborate

Economic downturns can be devastating. The current situation with COVID-19 certainly is. The recent earthquake and aftershocks in Utah...

March 30, 2020
Impact
Nine Ways Intellectual Property will be Impacted by COVID-19

Here are some ways I predict the IP landscape will be impacted by the devastating impacts of COVID-19. You’ll notice I only listed eight...

March 30, 2020
Risk
Use these 3 Perspectives to Think about your Startup?

You can take an idea and turn it into a business in numerous ways. Most businesses, however, can be viewed from 3 separate perspectives...

March 23, 2020
Strategy
Defining Strategy

There are a lot of different definitions of strategy. Go ahead and search the internet–you will find an endless list of strategy...

March 20, 2020
Impact
How to Predict IMPACT

Lately, I’ve been thinking about "impact." How can a company predict the impact its products or services will have on customers?

March 20, 2020
Uncategorized
Is it Time for a New “Business Model Canvas?” An Introduction to the “Impact Business Model.”

"This world is but a canvas to our imagination." – Henry David Thoreau

March 20, 2020
Uncategorized
Psychological Safety at Work (and everywhere)

A friend shared an article with me about team effectiveness. It resonated with me and prompted me through a sequence of interesting...

March 20, 2020
Uncategorized
Finally, a Framework for your Vision, Purpose, and Mission.

Have you ever tried to discuss your company’s vision, purpose, and mission? How these differ from one another usually depends on whoever...

March 20, 2020
Strategy
Integrity Decision Framework

Different people and situations call for different decisions. And every decision opportunity is characterized by its context–trivial or...

March 20, 2020
Culture
A Friend and a Narcissist

I recently had a conversation with a friend who is certain he works for a narcissist, maybe two. It was very interesting to consider the...

March 20, 2020
Patent
Are You Managing Your Patent Portfolio Strategically?

How many times have you found yourself scrutinizing your budget for opportunities to save money, control costs, and optimize productivity?

March 20, 2020
Patent
Patent Quality: Considerations to Draft a Quality Patent Application

What makes a quality patent application? Utility patent applications must meet several criteria to qualify for patent protection...

March 20, 2020
Patent
Patent Guidance: 10 Criteria for Deciding when to File a Non-Provisional Patent Application

Ironically, the tasks of preparing and filing a patent application might be less stressful than actually making the decision to file.

March 20, 2020
Patent
Next Steps: Provisional Patent Application

Congratulations! Your provisional patent application is filed. You now have “Patent Pending” status. Now what?

March 20, 2020
Patent
Are You a RACE Inventor? Four Characteristics of Successful Inventors

Inventors, like inventions, come in all shapes and sizes. Over the years, working with thousands of inventors has given me a lot of time...

March 20, 2020
Patent
Use these Four Factors to Assess Your Business Strategy Profile

Every business exists for a purpose. Usually, that purpose is to make money. However, making money is not a business strategy.

March 20, 2020
Uncategorized
Let Dreamers Dream

I once listened to a radio interview where someone said, in essence, “Nobody has the right to destroy a child’s dream.” This instantly...

March 19, 2020
Uncategorized
Looking for Funding? Go to School.

I always advise students to take every opportunity while they are in school. There are very few professionals out there who will turn...

March 19, 2020
Uncategorized
Nine Noble Virtues of the Ancient Vikings: My Daughter’s Scholarship Project

When Whitney, a high school senior with perfect grades and almost-perfect test scores, is on the search for college scholarships, what’s...

March 19, 2020

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