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Intellectual Property Planning and Patents

Posted by Wayne Harper | Jun 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Every business and prospective start-up should have a comprehensive intellectual property protection plan. The term “comprehensive” is intended both to reflect the basic concept that the plan should cover all of a business’s intellectual property of significant value, and that it should use all available legal regimes and business practices to protect such intellectual property.

Fake Words Make the Best Trademarks

Posted by Wayne Harper | Mar 01, 2017 | 0 Comments

When large, well-heeled companies select trademarks, either for a business name or a product line, they often hire a high-priced marketing firm and shell out six-figures for the marketing firm to select a trademark and most likely design a logo. Small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs rarel...

Can a Domain Name be Registered as a Trademark?

Posted by Wayne Harper | Nov 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Yes, definitely. If you do a quick search of trademarks on the USPTO website using “.COM”, you see thousands of such trademarks, reflected in both both pending applications and registered trademarks. There are a few subtleties to note, however. It is fundamental that a trademark cannot be regis...

Do You Need to Worry About Patent Trolls?

Posted by Wayne Harper | Nov 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

It seems like 1 out of every 4 stories about patents in the press these days is about patent trolls. If you are not familiar with what patent trolls are, they are a type of entity more formally referred to as Non-Practicing Entities (NPEs). NPEs own patents, often hundreds or thousand of them, b...

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