Intellectual Property

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

Protecting and Selling Your Mobile Application

Even with the mobile app business booming, there is still room for app innovation. If you have your own idea for a mobile app and are ready to start…

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Intellectual Property Tips for E-tailers

With nearly $200 billion in reported sales in 2011, e-commerce sales are expected to continue to grow over the next several years. In 2012, e-…

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What are Common Law Trademark Rights?

If you have a business name, product name, tagline, or logo that you use regularly, you may have common law trademark rights—even if you have never…

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State Trademark or Federal Trademark: Which One Is Right for You?

Trademarks can be registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, or they can be registered with your state. Find out the advantages and…

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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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How to Copyright a Song

The key to knowing how to copyright a song is to know what copyright protects.

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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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How to Avoid Trademark Infringement

Should you move forward with using your new logo or slogan? Not so fast, what if someone else is already using a similar mark? Learn about trademark…

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If My Business Name Is Registered With the State, Do I Still Need a Trademark?

When you own a small business, your name is everything. It's on your website, signs, and marketing materials. It's how customers find and remember…

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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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