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United States Patent and Trademark Office

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What to Know About Opening a Franchise at Any Age

Investing in a franchise can be done at any age and for any type of career in transition. Whether you’re a millennial or a baby boomer, there’s ample opportunity available to become a franchise owner. However, owning and operating a franchise as a baby boomer is certainly a different experience as opposed to getting started...
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Which 3 Types Of Patents Are Recognized by the USPTO?

If you have an idea for an invention, do you know what a patent is? How about the different types of patents? Patents protect the mechanisms, principles and components of an invention. According to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), a patent for an invention is defined as “the grant of a property...
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Before Starting a Business in 2019, Tackle These 3 Legal Areas

Planning to start a business in 2019? Here's the good news: preparing now will help to put you and your new company on the right track to success. Great idea? Check. Detailed business plan that objectively measures where you’ll take the company in the short and long-term? Check. Plans to incorporate the business to legitimize...
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Social Media Marketing: Can You Trademark a Hashtag?

It’s been more than a decade since the hashtag made its debut on social media. Chris Messina proposed this tagging method on Twitter in 2007. While Twitter developers initially rejected it, it gained traction after users began employing it extensively to track what was happening with the San Diego forest fires in October of 2007....
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Securing Your Startup’s Intellectual Property Rights: Patent vs. Trade Secret

Entrepreneurs and emerging companies often look for ways to protect their valuable assets. They want to secure their ideas and ultimately enforce their rights around them. Traditionally, there are four types of intellectual property rights: patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets. Patents and trade secrets are the two types of intellectual property rights that protect...
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What’s the Difference Between a Trademark and Copyright?

For entrepreneurs starting their first company, it’s easy to get confused with some of the small business jargon that comes with the territory. One of the most common mistakes is mixing up trademarks and copyrights. Which is which and what do they do? Do you need both or just one for your business? Let us...