Copyrightability of recipes

Copyright protection attaches to original, creative works of authorship.  If a recipe is copyrighted, the copyright holder can usually sue anyone who copies it without permission. Recipes typically have 2 sections: 1. the list of ingredients, and 2. the mixing & prep instructions. 1. Plain lists of ingredients are not copyrightable, or the protection, if…

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What VC’s want in a software/services startup

Here are some notes from a seasoned entrepreneur who attended this SDForum VC Roundatble event last night in Palo Alto featuring the following panel:  Rebecca Lynn (Morganthaler Ventures), Evan Liang (Shasta  Ventures) and Rohit Gupta (Opus Capital). Comments re. what VC’s are seeking in a software/services startup: subscription models are favored; free first, subscription later …

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Attorney 2.0

My friend Bernie Borges rocks social media for business.  As part of a book he is writing, he asked me for my thoughts on how lawyers can or should be using the net.  He posted my response at http://www.findandconvert.com/attorney-2.0-brent-britton-esq/ Enjoy…

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Intro to IP Law – Part IV – Trade Secrets

More from the ideas2money lectures. Trade Secrets What do they protect? Trade secret protection is afforded to confidential information that has actual or potential commercial value by virtue of its secrecy.   Source code, engineering specs, manufacturing tricks, business plans, customer lists… if it’s valuable to you because you keep it known only to yourself and…

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Intellectual Property Audits

Intellectual Property Audits: How to Verify That You Own Your IP You are living every entrepreneur’s dream…After years of sweating for equity, you are preparing to cash out. Your startup company has become an acquisition target. After several rounds of negotiations, a strategic partner offers to buy your company for a whopping $100 million. You’ll…

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Intro to IP Law – Part III – Trademarks

More from the ideas2money lectures. Trademarks What do they protect? Trademarks protect brand names, logos, taglines, and other marks that identify the source of goods and services in the marketplace. How you get them? Trademark rights begin to accrue just by using the mark in commerce, but only in the geographic places where the mark…

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