Patents & Trademarks Articles For Entrepreneurs & Small Business Owners

Trolls Love Vague Patents, Friendly Courts

“If you grew up anywhere in Texas, you knew at an early age they was selling somethin’ out there – and it wasn’t poultry! – Deputy Fred, “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” Universal Pictures, 1982 There are a lot of things to like about Texas – the people, the space, the open skies, the [...]

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How to Get Your Inventions Patented and Sold

The Crux of an Idea There is an old saying that goes, “The world will beat a pathway to your door to buy a better mousetrap.”  The opportunity to cash in on an invention is one of the top dreams an entrepreneur can have.  All it takes is thinking up something useful that no one [...]

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What Is a Trademark Search?

A trademark search can, in actuality, be many different things. In theory, a trademark search is performed to determine whether or not the mark you are hoping to use is already taken by another. This allows an individual to apply with a greater level of confidence for the use of a trademark with the United [...]

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What Is A Trademark?

At one point or another, we’ve all seen a product or business name with a small, encircled R floating next to it. You’ve probably wondered what this R symbol really means, and how exactly it got there in the first place. Most people will tell you that it means something to the effect of “registered,” [...]

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How To Protect Your Great Business Idea

One of the things that new business owners tend to be very scared of is someone else stealing their business idea. After all, they’ve spent a lot of time, effort, energy and money developing the idea and the last thing they want is someone stealing the business idea and developing it instead. I’ve even known [...]

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5 Tips to Turn Your Ideas into Money

Making money from your ideas requires a combination of disciplined actions and “good luck.” The disciplined actions include taking advantage of legal protections and using good business practices. “Good luck” has a way of finding those who pursue opportunities with preparation and persistence. (1) Recognize the market potential for your idea. Observation and experience can [...]

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