Intellectual Property Basics

Start here if you're new to intellectual property. Learn all about copyrights, trademarks, patents, and more.

How to Protect an "Idea"

To bring your idea out into the world, you first need to protect it. Learn how to be develop your ideas so that they're patentable. Innovation starts…

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How Long Does a Copyright Last?

There are a lot of complicated parts to copyright law; determining how long a copyright lasts is not one of them. It doesn't matter if you create…

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What to Do If You're the Victim of Cybersquatting

What do you do if someone has already registered the name of your business or product as a domain? Worse yet, what if the domain owner is using the…

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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 the Limitations of Copyright Protections?

As a creator, copyright law protects you from those who would copy and exploit your work for financial gain. However, copyright protection has some…

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Appropriating Copyrighted Works: When Is It Legal?

When an artist uses a copyrighted work and creates something new, it can fall under a fair use exception in the law.

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How Do I Choose a Trademark Class?

Choosing a trademark class can be the most difficult and confusing part of filling out a trademark application. Here are some tips to help you…

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The Complete Guide to Intellectual Property

Trademarks, copyrights, and patents can be powerful tools to protect your business and creative works, learn how in our complete guide.

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The Right of Publicity: Whose Right Is It?

Yes, you may have the right to protect your name, image, and likeness, even if you're not famous. Or alive.

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Can I Use an Abandoned Trademark?

Trademarks are alive—they grow, they change, and sometimes they die.

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