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Intellectual Property: Patents, Trademarks, Servicemarks and Copyright

Not every successful business is built around an original idea, and not every good idea ends up with a business built around it. But when you do have an innovative idea, patents, trademarks, servicemarks and copyright protect your idea and give you time to develop it into a business.

Intellectual Property 101: Patents, Trademarks, Servicemarks and Copyrights
Not every successful business is built around an original idea, and not every good idea ends up with a business built around it. But when you do have an innovative idea, patents, trademarks, servicemarks and copyright protect your idea and give you time to develop it into a business.

Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) To Protect Your Intellectual Property
Management Guide F. John Reh takes a look at confidentiality agreements, also known as non-discloure agreements (NDAs) and how you can use them to help protect your intellectual property when talking with potential investors, partners or customers.

Patents 101: What They Are, What Qualifies, and How to File One
Patents are a way of registering an original invention that offers the inventor protection from imitators for a limited period of time. Learn more about what qualifies, what doesn't, and how to file one.

How to Select a Good Trademark
A good trademark will distinguish you from the competition and help you stand out in a crowd. A poor trademark will entangle you in legal disputes and blunt your marketing efforts. Following these simple guidelines from trademark attorney Elias Borges to help you select a good trademark.

Trademarks and Service Marks: What They Are, What Qualifies, and How to File One
Trademarks are a way of registering a brand name for a product, service or company. This helps protect consumers by preventing brand confusion and companies by preventing competitors from attracting your rightful customers by using a similar brand name. Learn more about what qualifies, what doesn't, and how to file one.

Understanding Trademarks
Our Inventors Guide Mary Bellis takes a closer look at trademarks, including how to perform a trademark search, why and how to register them, and proper use of the various types of marks.

Understanding Intellectual Property
Inventors Guide Mary Bellis offers a great course on how to turn an invention idea into money. The first step in doing that is understanding the basics of intellectual property. It also includes lessons on what is and isn't patentable, conducting a patent search, how to file for a patent, and proving the idea is yours.

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