Quick Business Tip: It’s Time to Call an Attorney

Calling an attorney can be expensive.  Sometimes, not calling an attorney can be even more expensive.  As a small business owner, it is important to recognize when you need an attorney.  This can be especially difficult when you are not involved in a dispute, but you may instead need an attorney for small business counsel or transaction assistance. […]

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Quick Business Tip: Trademark Maintenance and Trademark Spam

Today’s post contains two quick tips, and they are both about federal trademarks. The first tip is that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) does not babysit trademarks.  The USPTO has very recently started sending out trademark maintenance reminders, but the trademark applicant/owner is ultimately responsible for keeping track of deadlines, including maintenance deadlines.  Trademark owners should not […]

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The Very Basics of Trade Secret, Part 2

In The Very Basics of Trade Secret, Part 1, I talked about trade secrets and how they compare to other types of IP.  In this post, I provide some suggestions for protecting your trade secrets: 1)         Identify your trade secrets and mark them “CONFIDENTIAL.”  Don’t expect personnel and third parties to know something is confidential without […]

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The Very Basics of Trade Secret, Part 1

Small businesses are often strongly encouraged to obtain copyrights, trademarks, and patents.  There can be a lot of pressure from the small business community to fill your intellectual property portfolio with these types of intellectual property (IP).  Often, the perception is that you need copyrights, trademarks, and patents to make your company valuable. While these […]

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