Intellectual Property

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

5 Ways Innovation Is Disrupting Established Business Models

Innovation happens when change is made to disrupt established ways of making and doing things and gives birth to new products, services, technologies…

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Copyright Basics: What Is a Copyright and Why Is It Important?

Different from both patents and trademarks, copyrights protect original works of authorship that are fixed in a tangible format.

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10 Great August Patents

We depend on these inventions for everything from keeping our pants up to keeping us entertained.

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How to Protect Against Trademark Infringement

A trademark is a particular kind of intellectual property. To fully realize its value, you need to do more than protect your rights—you need to…

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How to Get a Patent in 5 Steps

Applying for a patent is a long and sometimes complex process, but the process can be broken down in these five steps. Find out how to get started…

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8 Basic Facts Every Musician Should Know About Copyright Law

You've worked long and hard on your original music. How can you keep others from using and profiting from your music without your consent? Here's…

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Let's Get Ready to Rumble: Trademarking Your Catch Phrase

How to get the maximum mileage out of your catch phrase? Develop a distinctive one, use it in interstate commerce, and register it with the U.S.…

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The Term "All Rights Reserved" Explained

"All rights reserved" is a term you can use when labeling the kind of copyright you retain in your creative work.

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How to Copyright a Website

If you've already made a website, then you've got copyright protection for some elements of the site. But if you want to use those protections in…

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5 Things Business Owners Should Know About Trademarks

Inventing and protecting trademarks is key to starting your business—they define who you are and what you do. Keeping them safe is easier than you…

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