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  • Register, Protect and Defend

    Just because you’re safe to use a name, idea or process doesn’t mean others can’t use it, too.

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    How to stake and protect your claim when it comes to intellectual property.

    Paul Allen’s recent patent infringement suit against Facebook, Google and other tech giants has fueled discussions from boardrooms to coffee shops. What needs to be protected, how can you put protections in place, and how do you defend intellectual property once registrations, patents, trademarks and copyrights are filed? Here’s a primer on what every business owner should know.

    Registering a Business Name
    Depending on whether a business goes by the legal name of its owner (John Smith Plumbing) or an assumed name (A-Team Plumbing), and depending on its location and business structure (sole proprietorship, partnership, LLC, or corporation), the path into local and state government databases of registered business names varies. The Business.gov website provides forms and instructions for this necessary step toward protecting your business name.

    Registering with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
    Just because you’re safe to use a name, idea or process doesn’t mean others can’t use it, too. Most intellectual property rights are limited to the territory in which they’re registered. To protect rights across broad market areas, register with the USPTO in one of three categories:

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