201808.14
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The PCT: Overseas Protection

Have you filed for a US patent but are selling (or looking to sell) your invention overseas? If so, you should know about the Patent Cooperation Treaty (“PCT”). Enforced as of 1978, the PCT is the World Intellectual Property Organizations’ (WIPO) largest intellectual property filing system. It makes international patent applications simpler, more cost-effective, and serves as an example of international…

An Easier Way to Dispute Resolution 
201807.17
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An Easier Way to Dispute Resolution 

Have you ever decided not to sue because the time, money, or effort needed would be greater than benefit you would receive? If so, mediation may be right for you. Litigation—the process of resolving disputes through the courts—is a difficult process that can take years. Despite its inconvenience, litigation is often necessary because parties cannot resolve conflicts on their own. Mediation is one alternative: it provides a meaningful opportunity for all parties to a dispute to sit down with a neutral third…

Trade Secret or Patent?
201807.06
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Trade Secret or Patent?

What exactly is the difference between a patent and a trade secret? When should you obtain each? The following provides a brief overview of the pros and cons of each. You may already be familiar with the following definitions: Patent – Patents are used to protect new inventions or novel improvements on current inventions. Patents can fall…

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…