Please Protect Your Intellectual Property – Part II: Patents

THIS IS THE SECOND IN A FIVE PART SERIES ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY.

“Do you have a patent for that?”

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office says that a patent is:

PATENTS are a property right granted … to an inventor ‘to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention throughout the United States or importing the invention into the United States’ for a limited time in exchange for public disclosure of the invention when the patent is granted. There are three types of patents: 1) Utility patents …; 2) Design patents …; and 3) Plant patents.”

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Please Protect Your Intellectual Property – Part I: Overview

THIS IS THE FIRST IN A FIVE PART SERIES ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY.

Entrepreneurs need to protect their intellectual property. But first you need to identify your intellectual property, so, what is intellectual property? The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office says that Intellectual property (IP) is “creations of the mind: creative works or ideas embodied in a form that can be shared or can enable others to recreate, emulate, or manufacture them.”

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