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Protecting Trademarks I: Definition
Sherman Andrew J
2/12/2001
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Trademark protection may help a growing company establish, maintain and expand market share. This column, first of a series of three, explains how to meet the criteria for eligible words and symbols when you choose a trademark for your product or company.

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Protecting Trademarks III: Enforcement
Sherman Andrew J
2/26/2001
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Once your trademark is registered, you'll need an active program to protect its use and ensure compliance. Detailed guidelines, monitoring and taking action against infringers can help.

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Protecting Trademarks II: Registration
Sherman Andrew J
2/19/2001
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Here's how to constitute and file an application to register your trademark. This column, second in a series, also lists the benefits of getting your mark onto either the Principal or the Supplemental Register, or both.

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Basics of Patent Protection
Sherman Andrew J
2/5/2001
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Patents protect inventors and may enrich companies--but the application and registration process may be long and costly. Here are the statutory requirements, plus the basics of an effective patent protection program.

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The Legal Aspects of Protecting Ideas and Creativity
Sherman Andrew J
6/1/2003
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Creativity is the emotional lifeblood of entrepreneurship. Without creativity, thousands of companies would not have been launched. However, it is an element of entrepreneurial life that isn't easy to safeguard under the law.

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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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