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Assessing Industry Potential
FastTrac
8/28/2006
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When evaluating industry potential, key considerations include its current size and rate of growth as well as profitability characteristics and trends.

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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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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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Patent Filing as a Competitive Strategy
Pace Gary M PhD
8/1/2006
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To develop a solid IP protection strategy, accumulate patent protection on as many of the unique and novel aspects of your product as possible. Approach the challenge of creating a patent strategy by considering all the components of your product, such as its design, its use, and its manufacture.

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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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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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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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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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Patents and Licensing University Technologies
Wood Jason S
8/1/2006
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Universities and related organizations are major producers of patentable ideas. For entrepreneurs, the key is effectively working to license and commercialize these innovations. This article lays out a detailed strategy for entrepreneurs who want to commercialize licensed (and patented) technologies.

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