Avoiding Trademark Rejection or Infringement Based on Likelihood of Confusion (Part 2)

In part one of this post, I outlined the ways to find a fanciful name for your business, one that is likely to be unique, unlikely to be confused…


Avoiding Trademark Rejection or Infringement Based on Likelihood of Confusion

 One of the most important steps a new business can take is to file their company or product name for trademark registration with the United States…


Legal Issues to Consider in Drafting Software Development Agreements

A software development agreement is between a customer and a developer, by which the customer contracts for the developer to create and deliver a…


Turning Over a New Leaf: Changing the Corporate Identity

A small food company dreamt of selling products that were pure and beneficial to its consumers. With that simple mission, Unadulterated Food Products…


Challenging Patent Validity at the USPTO

For startup companies, intellectual property protection is essential to success. They must protect their inventions and prevent other businesses from…


Provisional Patent Applications Provide Lasting Intellectual Property Protection

A provisional utility patent application, as opposed to a non-provisional utility patent application, is not reviewed by a patent examiner at the…


Why Do Technology Startups Need IP Assignment Agreements?

If you are considering forming a startup, an intellectual property (IP) assignment agreement will be crucial for your company, especially if your…


The Defend Trade Secrets Act & Startups

President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (the “DTSA”) into law on May 11, 2016, and established the first federal cause of action for…


How to Strengthen your Chances of Registering a Trademark

When you see two golden arches that form the letter “m”, your mind probably jumps to McDonalds. That world-famous logo was successfully registered as…


The Basics of Patent Licensing

Part I: Is there an IP licensing opportunity? Are you an inventor or an entrepreneur? From KickStarter and Shark Tank to Tesla and Facebook, people…