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Why Get Patents?

Why should I bother with patents? Don’t they take forever to be awarded? Doesn’t copyright last longer? (And aren’t patents evil?) The conservative (as in conservation of value – I’m not using it in the political sense) business practice is to patent wherever possible and use copyright registration or trade secret protection as simultaneous regimes…

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Why register a trademark?

Why should I spend all this money on registering a trademark? Isn’t my domain name enough? Short answer: because it’s cool to own stuff. Long answer: Your brand tells your customers where your products (and services) come from. In the minds of your customers, your brand is you. Artful brand selection fortifies market recognition. Pick…

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Startup Legal FAQ 10. – Why Use Independent Contractor Agreements?

I suppose I need an independent contractor agreement too? Yes. Yes you do. Ideally, you need one that uses the magic words “works made for hire.” Ownership of intellectual property is counterintuitive. Mere payment for deliverables does not necessarily secure clean title from independent contractors. Under US copyright law, in order to be deemed to…

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Startup FAQ 8-9: Why use employment agreements?

Why do I need employment agreements? Can’t I trust my own employees? Of course you should hire people you can trust. You may even enjoy a personal bond with your employees and treat them like friends and family. But the employment relationship is fundamentally a business deal. And business deals should be governed by written…

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