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Intellectual Property

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A Small-Business Guide to Intellectual Property

"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."

Choosing a Business Name FAQ

Answers to commonly asked questions about choosing and registering a successful business name.

Espacenet - European Patent Search

Search European patent databases.

European Patent Office

Information about European patents.

Searchable database of U.S. patents. Entire patents can be downloaded in PDF format.

Google Patent Search

Quickly search patents and download to PDF.

How to Trademark a Domain Name

How to Trademark a Phrase: Step By Step

If your branding strategy includes the use of a catchy phrase or slogan, you should absolutely trademark your phrase.

Obtaining a Business Method Patent

A company that develops a new way of conducting e-commerce may be able to prevent others from using it for almost two decades.

Patent Law

Overview of patent law by Cornell University Law School with other references.

Trademark University

The Trademark University provides a wide range of detailed videos and information specific to all things trademark.

US Copyright Office

Extensive information on copyright protections.

US Patent and Trademark Office

Search for granted U.S. patents and federal trademarks; learn about and apply for intellectual property protection.

USPTO Patent Examination Policy

Basic information about international intellectual property protection.

World Intellectual Property Organization

Comprehensive information on international intellectual property protection.

Recommended Books

Business Plan Book - The Entrepreneur's Guide to Business Law, 4th Edition

The Entrepreneur's Guide to Business Law, 4th Edition
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. (Paid link)

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