Patents: Taking Your Ideas to the Next Level
201805.11
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Patents: Taking Your Ideas to the Next Level

For your business ideas to be successful, you don’t need to reinvent the wheel. But to secure your ideas for future profit and success, acquiring a patent can be critical. What exactly is a patent? A patent is a legal document that grants the owner the “exclusive right to prevent others from making, using, offering…

When Your Invention Takes Off Like a Drone
201712.08
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When Your Invention Takes Off Like a Drone

Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), have been populating our skies with increasing frequency over the past decade. In fact, while the number of manned aerial vehicles registered with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is about 300,000, the number of UAVs registered with the FAA has surpassed 1,000,000 (and that’s excluding all of…

Opening a New Franchise?  Consider These Tips
201711.06
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Opening a New Franchise? Consider These Tips

It’s a good time to be a small business owner in Utah. According to a recent survey, Utah was found to be the seventh most-friendly state toward small business owners in the country, and with the economic growth that the state has been experiencing, that ranking is likely to rise. How can small business owners…

Sandwich v. Sandwich: Questions and Answers about Non-compete Agreements
201708.11
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Sandwich v. Sandwich: Questions and Answers about Non-compete Agreements

How much power should a company hold over its employees’ future jobs?  According to a Fortune article, before 2016 sandwich shop Jimmy John’s prohibited its employees from working with any business selling “submarine, hero-type, deli-style, pita, and/or wrapped or rolled sandwiches” within two miles of any of its locations for two years. Illinois Attorney General Eric…

Your Provisional Patent Application
201706.17
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Your Provisional Patent Application

Without a doubt, one of my favorite things is the light in someone’s eyes while describing a new invention. Recently, I had a conversation with a client about her recently-filed patent application. She was so excited to market her new device, like someone with really great news that can’t wait to share it with the…

Utah Valley Generates Successful Social Entrepreneurs
201610.31
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Utah Valley Generates Successful Social Entrepreneurs

Utah residents are serious about giving. We have been rated the most charitable state in America in both donations given and service rendered per capita. Several Utah businesses have successfully built their brands around charitable social causes. So we wanted to highlight two social entrepreneurs in the valley that have made generous and thoughtful giving a key part…

Before Downloading Pokémon Go, Consult your Attorney?
201608.11
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Before Downloading Pokémon Go, Consult your Attorney?

If you downloaded Pokemon Go, you gave up your right to trial by jury. It’s true. Pokémon Go’s Terms of Service contain an arbitration clause –  which means an arbitrator, instead of a court jury, will decide all cases brought against Pokémon Go for anything over $5,000. To avoid this, you must “opt-out” of this part of the contract by…