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"The two most precious resources for any small-business owner are time and money. That's why when the subject of intellectual property comes up, many owners run in the other direction. They see images of expensive lawyers and use that as an excuse to ignore the topic, reasoning that it is a problem for big companies to worry about."
Answers to commonly asked questions about choosing and registering a successful business name.
Intellectual property research and tools, including prior art searches and searches of international patent databases. Many features are fee-based, but basic searches are free.
Search European patent databases.
Information about European patents.
Searchable database of U.S. patents. Entire patents can be downloaded in PDF format.
Quickly search patents and download to PDF.
Basic information about the Japanese Patent Office. To search patents, scroll down and select "Searching IPDL (Industrial Property Digital Library)," and then select "Searching PAJ" in the second paragraph.
A company that develops a new way of conducting e-commerce may be able to prevent others from using it for almost two decades.
Basic information about international intellectual property protection.
Overview of patent law by Cornell University Law School with other references.
Trademark information, tools and fee-based services.
The Trademark University provides a wide range of detailed videos and information specific to all things trademark.
Extensive information on copyright protections.
Search for granted U.S. patents and federal trademarks; learn about and apply for intellectual property protection.
Comprehensive information on international intellectual property protection.
The Entrepreneur's Guide to Business Law
Constance E. Bagley and Craig E. Dauchy
A comprehensive, plain-English overview of the major legal issues that entrepreneurs need to be aware of. The time you invest in reading this book will pay for itself many times by helping you avoid common mistakes and better utilize your attorney's time.
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