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2018 Q2 Newsletter

Insights for Inventors and Entrepreneurs   Small Business Insurance A reoccurring question business attorneys often receive after helping a new business owner with their initial formation is, “What type of insurance do I need?” Regardless of what business you are...
Protecting IP Early

Protecting IP Early

Pete Tormey’s ebook “Startup Guide to Intellectual Property: Early Stage Protection of IP” is a great resource. Here are some excerpts from the “Protecting IP Early” Chapter of Pete’s book. They cover some of the basic concepts of...
When to Patent, or Not

When to Patent, or Not

Whether or not to file a patent is yet another business decision for the early startup founder. And as Peter Tormey points out in his ebook Startup Guide to Intellectual Property Early Stage Protection of IP, Patents are expensive to get and expensive to enforce....

2018 Q1 Newsletter

Insights for Inventors and Entrepreneurs   Startup Equity – Slicing the Pie Pete Tormey is interviewed about the important financial decisions that startup founders face when slicing the pie on startup equity. Listen to Pete’s interview about slicing...
Startup equity – slicing the pie

Startup equity – slicing the pie

Startup founders must make many decisions during the formative stages of their company. They decide how to structure their venture and divide the ownership. How they value the equity stakes that they claim in the new venture is somewhat arbitrary in the pre-revenue...

2017 Q4 Newsletter

Insights for Inventors and Entrepreneurs   A Good Trademark What makes for a great trademark? Taking a hint from the title of this article, one answer suggests itself – a completely made-up one! Explore how to make a great trademark   Clients in the News...
Joint ownership of patents

Joint ownership of patents

Joint ownership of patents is a bad idea. The other owners have free discretion to do what they want with the patent. The best way to own a patent is to assign it to a single entity, a business or a trust, and let the single entity control the patent. Here is an...
The First Issued US Patents

The First Issued US Patents

Curious as to the very first patent ever granted by the United States?  The patent grant shown above was the first one issued, to sole inventor Samuel Hopkins of Pittsford, Vermont in July of 1790. The Hopkins patent claimed an “Improvement, not known before...