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Entrepreneurs want to do it all themselves. The first few years of a new business are the “grind years”. With little or no income, a new business owner worries about every penny they spend. Then it happens. That AHA! Moment. You’ve invented the next best thing! You love your new idea. It’s Big. Huge. Astronomical! You are super excited. But then the worry sets in. What if someone steals your idea? What if someone else…
You’ve been working hard. ⠀ You’ve built a social media following. ⠀ People online know, like, and trust you and your business. ⠀ And now it’s time to go to the next step. ⠀ Social media advertising. ⠀ Super Exciting! ⠀ But wait…says the attorney. (hint: that’s me) ⠀ Are your ads legally compliant? ⠀ You have no clue? You are not alone on social media. Many small business owners advertise on social media without…
The Clock Is Ticking on Protecting Your Inventions… You’re running out of time to protect your inventions and we both know it.⠀You’ve developed a unique, amazing product or process.⠀Uniquely, no-one else does it better.⠀Everyone tells you how phenomenal it is; however, in spite of this, it’s not protected.⠀In the long run, you’ve been dragging your feet. In fact, You Know You Should Do Something… In the same way that those people you see on Shark…
Being a business owner during a pandemic is overwhelming. To open or not to open in person – that is the question.⠀The legal “what ifs” create such stress.⠀As you prepare to conduct in-person business, your list of worries grow and grow.⠀You worry that you’re complying with all the health guidelines.⠀You worry that someone will get sick.⠀You worry that someone will accuse you of causing their illness.⠀𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐫𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐞𝐝.⠀ This Happened to…
“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” – Coco Chanel. As an entrepreneur, your uniqueness defines the value of your business.    Protecting your uniqueness protects that business value. This protection is in addition to other intellectual property protections. For example: when you create unique content, you protect it with copyrights;   you protect your unique inventions with patents; and   you protect your unique name, logo, and slogans with trademarks.    The…
Thought for Today: Intellectual property protection is much like protecting yourself from catching COVID-19. [Statistic]  About 10% of the world’s population has been infected with COVID-19. As I sit here in my bed feeling quite sick,  my mind turns to statistics.   I may now be part of that statistic. But wait a minute:  my COVID-19 test last week came back negative. [Another statistic] An astonishing 67% of testing are false negatives. That statistic and my…
I have the best legal job ever!   I especially enjoy when an entrepreneur comes to me with an amazing, unique new invention.   Patenting that invention adds so much value! “Inventions cannot be judged on patent parameters, but patents have the ability to take inventions very far” ― Kalyan C. Kankanala, Fun IP, Fundamentals of Intellectual Property The Benefits of A Patented Invention Patent protection allows the patent owner to exclude everyone else from making,…
    With each passing day, the COVID-19 pandemic challenges businesses around the world. Companies are faced with attempting to carry on their business in an uncertain and ever-changing environment.  Mergers and acquisition (M&A) transactions are just one of many impacted business arenas.  To be successful, transacting parties must identify and mitigate novel risks and challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.  It was such a pleasure to present “M&A 2020”, along with Sagacity Legal’s Patent…
I love my job.  Working with inventors to protect their amazing ideas is so rewarding.  When inventors come to me for patent protection, documentation (or lack of it) makes a huge difference.  This blog post addresses the use and value of invention disclosures for documentation purposes. Invention Disclosures How to memorialize and track inventions? Many companies employ a method of invention reporting which captures ideas in the form of an invention disclosure.  A standard invention…
Why Website Accessibility Matters Website accessibility in its simplest terms is the ability for everyone, regardless of their ability, to access your website and content. Disabilities come in many shapes and forms.   The CDC defines a disability as: “… any condition of the body or mind … that makes it more difficult for the person with the condition to do certain activities … and interact with the world around them…” When your website is designed…