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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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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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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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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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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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Alternatives to Litigation
Sherman Andrew J
2/1/2007
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Business conflicts are inevitable, which means you need legal counsel to guide you through potential litigation. This article is a comprehensive review of alternative courses to litigation, including arbitration, mediation, and private judging.

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Leveraging Intellectual Capital Through Franchising
Sherman Andrew J
8/1/2004
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Executed well, franchising can be a solution to the challenge of harvesting intellectual capital to achieve the goal of driving business growth. If it is right for your company, consider making it work, the author says.

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Commercial Lending for Emerging Companies
Sherman Andrew J
7/1/2004
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No growing company survives and prospers without some debt component on its balance sheet whether it's a small loan from family or friends or a line of credit from a regional commercial lender.

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Understanding Legal and Structural Issues In Establishing Sales and Distribution Channels
Sherman Andrew J
1/1/2004
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Distributors, sales representatives, and cooperatives are all different venues for enabling entrepreneurial companies to sell their products and services. Understand the similarities and differences, and chose the alternative that is right for your business.

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Preparing a Loan Proposal
Sherman Andrew J
2/1/2004
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An important area of financial literacy for entrepreneurs concerns the ability to establish an effective commercial banking relationship and to prepare a loan proposal. No small or growing company survives and prospers without some debt component on its balance sheet.

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