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What patent is right for you?

Your invention or product design could change the game and needs to be protected. In order to protect your business’s intellectual property or physical property (the invention or design,) you need a patent.

A patent is a security blanket for your product that disallows others to make, use or sell your invention or product design.

Can you patent an app?

Millions of people use mobile applications or apps every day. There are apps for driving directions, email, music, fitness, banking, games, social media and more. If you have recently invented an app, you may want to patent it immediately.

You may think that you are going to make millions of dollars because of your app—and maybe you will. But, what happens if someone takes your idea and makes an app just like yours, can that happen? Here’s what you need to know about trademarking or patenting your app.

5 reasons you need a lawyer to help set up your startup

Launching a startup presents many challenges. Budget, or lack thereof, is often a top concern for new business owners, entrepreneurs and inventors. Hiring a lawyer may currently be low on your priority list. However, it is more important than you think to consider speaking to an attorney when launching a new venture, especially if intellectual property (IP) is your startup’s key asset.

It’s not only about protecting your idea but also about licensing and using your product. Making sure you have the legal rights to not only the IP itself, but also for your employees to use the actual software you invented, for example, is crucial.

Can a trademark make your company slogan truly yours?

Launching a new startup company can be about as exciting as anything you’ll experience in life, and at least as hectic. The project usually gets everything you can give, including time, money, relationships and your very best ideas. Take branding, for example.

Company found sometimes fall in love with the company’s name, logo and the slogan, tagline or motto that they themselves, the founder of the company, personally created. Don’t fall in love too quickly. The trademark office may grant your trademark only with time, or maybe never.

Which type of trademark protection is right for you?

For business owners and service providers, a trademark is an essential component of their business plan and marketing strategy. You know you need to protect your product or service, but it's not as cut-and-dry as it sounds. There's a lot of choices to make, but this guide can help you select the trademark that is best for you. 

  

What is the difference between a trademark and a service mark?

You have worked hard to create your California business. To protect your business, products, services or more, you may consider what legal protections exist to prevent another business from using your property and confusing consumers.

Federal law protects the creators of products, services, ideas and more through intellectual property protections like trademarks and service marks. However, when you first consider which protection to pursue for your business, you may wonder whether to seek a trademark or service mark.

Why invention promotion companies can be misleading

Many inventors have seen advertisements for a quick-and-easy way to patent and bring their invention to the market.

These invention firms advertise as a cheap way to get your ideas from the drawing board to store shelves in an instant. Unfortunately, their offer is typically too good to be true. Here are a few warning signs to watch for when considering an invention promotion company:

Can you file a patent?

You’ve got a fresh, new idea for an invention. You’re excited. You think you could even make some money off this. You want to protect your invention. Now what?

Filing for a patent may seem like a daunting process, but it doesn’t have to be. The first step is finding out if your invention is, indeed, protectable and patentable. With some work and a little help, you can defend and capitalize on your invention.

Situations where something will not receive a patent

Creating is exhausting, time consuming, resource intensive and massively rewarding. When you put the necessary effort into creating something new, it stands to reason that the first thing you will want to do is patent it. Patenting is one of the most common ways you can claim something as your intellectual property and preclude others from making, selling or otherwise using your creation.

Not everything is automatically patentable, though. There are a variety of criteria that your subject must satisfy in order to be considered for a patent. These are four of the primary considerations a patent application will examine.

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