Intellectual Property

Protect your work from copycats. Learn the difference between trademarks, copyrights, and patents so you can safeguard your intellectual property.

Copyright license agreement (written work) — How to guide

1. Overview An organization’s ability to buy and sell property is essential to its long-term life and vitality. Although it does not take up…

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How to avoid copyright infringement

Here's how to avoid accidentally stepping on the rights of another's creative work.

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The problem of genericide in trademarks

Sometimes a company's branding can become so pervasive in our culture it goes beyond the traditional confines of its trademark. What seems like a…

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Permission to reproduce images — How to guide

1. Overview Research and writing, whether business or academic, legal or commercial, does not exist in a vacuum. Books and essays often incorporate…

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Creating a patent license agreement

If you're a patent owner who's ready to create a patent license agreement, here's what you need to know before you get started—both about the…

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Beware the patent troll

Patent trolls make money by buying and attempting to enforce patents, but there are ways to protect yourself.

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How to buy expired patents

A patent gives an inventor a limited time of exclusive ownership. If the patent expires, it's possible for someone else to buy it. Find out how to…

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What a business method patent is

A business method patent allows an inventor to protect their new idea for a way of doing business that involves a specific use of technology. Find…

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Registering a trademark

Getting trademark protection for your business name, logo or slogans is an important way to protect your work. Find out how to get started with this…

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How to copyright a book

You can register a copyright for your book by submitting your registration electronically, or by mailing in a print application.

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