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Your brand name is only worth as much as you're willing to protect it. Here's how to do so without being a bully. more...

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Patents: they're the building blocks of innovation. But there are a lot of things a patent can't do. Here's a primer on how (and why) they actually work.

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How do you keep your IP safe from view ... and under what circumstances should you show it to others? more...

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Contrary to what your parents said, many musical bands make money. But if you’re thinking of marketing your band, you need to think about protecting its “brand”—the name and/or symbols you hope will become famous—and its original music. Here’s what every band needs to know about trademarks and copyrights. more...

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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-commerce sales in the U.S. topped $225 billion, up 16% from 2011, according to a U.S. Commerce Department estimate. more...

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The theft of intellectual property over the Internet is threatening individuals and businesses who produce and distribute IP-protected products and services, destroying jobs and suppressing innovation. Government and intellectual property industries have made it a priority to combat such theft, and have implemented different methods to combat it.

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Protecting your invention, logo or creative work with a patent, trademark or copyright is important. But equally important is creating an IP strategy. Like every good strategy, you need clear direction and a map to navigate the potentially dangerous terrain ahead. Here are 5 solid steps to do just that. more...

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With the Internet and globalization making the world smaller, businesses are increasingly expanding overseas—and that means they need to protect their trademarks outside the U.S. Doing business in other countries? See how you can get trademark protection. more...

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Painter Darby Bannard once said that “Originality is way overrated. To make, you need to take. All great artists do.” Franklin P. Jones states that “Originality is the art of concealing your source.” And no less than Ernest Hemingway echoed this when he wrote that all modern literature comes from Huckleberry Finn.  So how much new art is truly original, and when does it matter? more...

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In the 1950's, Bette Nesmith Graham, mother of the Monkees' Michael Nesmith, came up with an ingenious new product that covered up mistakes she made on a typewriter. Her homegrown corrective fluid eventually became known as Liquid Paper, and was sold to Gillette for more than $45 million in 1979.

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