Protect Your Invention – Patent Law
201905.31
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Protect Your Invention – Patent Law

Patent Law Have you ever had one of those million dollar ideas, but you don’t know what to do with it?  It can be a scary process bringing your invention to the world.  Copycats are ever ready to take advantage of any idea that is not properly protected.  Luckily, we’re here to help.  Your invention…

4 Things You Need to Know About Trademarks
201905.15
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4 Things You Need to Know About Trademarks

When you hear the word brand, what do you think of? America is full of iconic images and catchy phrases that immediately come to mind. Those images and phrases are now synonymous in our minds with the companies that they represent. That is the power of the trademark! A trademark is a commonly misunderstood legal…

Partnership Disputes: Divorce of the Business World
201902.05
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Partnership Disputes: Divorce of the Business World

In today’s complex business environment, even the best often do not get far by themselves. As appealing as it may be to start and run a business independently, working as a team allows partners to pool their resources, cooperate, and synergize. In the business world, more heads are better than one. Partners bring in outside…

Intellectual Property in China
201901.15
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Intellectual Property in China

Apple Inc. could have saved $60 million in 2012 if it had only remembered one simple but important tip: register your trademark in China. Years before Apple created the iPad, a Chinese company called Proview registered a trademark for the iPad product name. For Apple to legally sell iPads in China, it was compelled to purchase the iPad trademark from Proview for $60 million. If Apple had simply registered the trademark beforehand, it…

Patent Cooperation Treaty
201808.14
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Patent Cooperation Treaty

Have you filed for a US patent but are licensing (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…

Do you need a Trade Secret or a Patent?
201807.06
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Do you need a Trade Secret or a 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 and Why You Need One
201805.11
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Patents and Why You Need One

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…

Legally Secure Your Intellectual Property and Technology
201712.08
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Legally Secure Your Intellectual Property and Technology

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…

Franchising a Business
201711.06
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Franchising a Business

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…

Non-Compete Agreements
201708.11
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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…

Sumsion Business Law and Dentons Partnership
201707.19
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Sumsion Business Law and Dentons Partnership

We are pleased to announce our affiliation with Dentons, the largest law firm in the world and China, through Nextlaw Global Referral Network. We are excited to better serve current and future clients through this network that enables us to tap into thousands of legal specialists around the world. Check out the FAQ below: Who…