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Where is the line between ethics and your domain name?

Virtually every business has a website built on their chosen domain name, or URL. To many, the internet is a means of convenience – both for making purchasing decisions and reaching an expanded customer base.

The web also provides countless ways to capitalize on other people’s ideas. Cybersquatters may benefit from your concepts by registering a domain name similar to that of your business. Depending on the situation, these websites registered for personal profit could violate your intellectual property (IP) rights.

What’s fair about the use of your intellectual property?

When you execute your original ideas, you likely depend on intellectual property laws to prohibit unauthorized use. However, under specific circumstances, fair use could allow others the opportunity to benefit from your copyright-protected work.

Specific situations may merit unlicensed use of your copyrighted material for others’ expression. Qualifying use may include news reporting, research and education. If you question your intellectual property (IP) rights, you should consider the factors used in evaluating fair use.

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:

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