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Focus on the Value of Patents
Fuscoe John M
8/1/2006
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Many patents are valuable assets and are worth the time and money spent in obtaining them. This topic overview asserts entrepreneurs should undertake an objective analysis of a potential patent's value prior to filing an application to avoid investing in a possibly worthless asset.

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International Protection of Brands and Patents
Sherman Andrew J
8/1/2006
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Entrepreneurs going abroad for sales can protect their IP through an international protocol called the Madrid System. This system allows entrepreneurs to eliminate the need to file separate patent protection applications in each country where trademark protection is required and where they wish to conduct business.

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Jawboning: Stopping Infringement the Easy Way
Payne William H Bill
8/1/2006
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When Bill Payne realized one of his company's patented products was being infringed by a key vendor, he knew he was in a difficult position to protect his patent. Payne and his team explored their options, including litigation, and decided to try and persuade them to stop their patent infringement practice.

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Patent Filing Analysis Checklist
Sherman Andrew J
8/1/2006
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Before attempting to obtain a patent, entrepreneurs can use this ten-point checklist to determine if the benefits of protecting an invention outweigh the costs of prosecuting and protecting it under a patent.

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Sample Non-Disclosure Agreement
8/1/2006
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This document is a sample legal agreement covering non-disclosure of intellectual property in the context of a potential company sale between two parties.

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Sample U.S. Patent Filing
8/1/2006
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This document is a sample of an actual filed patent, and includes key sections such as product abstract, diagrams, and detailed description of the invention.

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Technology Feasibility Assessment and Plan
8/1/2006
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This tool allows entrepreneurs to assess their progress developing their companies' technology and to create a plan to ensure its viability and protection.

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The Importance of Periodic Intellectual Property Audits
Sherman Andrew J
8/1/2006
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Entrepreneurs often fail to take inventory of the Intellectaul property assets they have developed and as a result tend to under-leverage these assets. To ensure continued business growth, it is critical for entrepreneurs to consider a periodic intellectual property audit and strategic analysis.

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Understanding the Patent Process from Soup to Nuts
Sherman Andrew J
8/1/2006
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This article provides an expert explanation of the various kinds of patents, including utility patents and design patents, along with a practical description of the complete patenting process.

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Understanding the Various Types of Intellectual Property
Sherman Andrew J
8/1/2006
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This article is a primer for entrepreneurs who need to understand the basics of intellectual property law as a precursor to selecting how to protect their intangible assets, trade secrets and know-how, trademarks and trade names, patents and patent applications, and copyrights.

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