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Legal insights for startups. Patents, copyrights, trademarks, copyright, contract - covering all of the fundamentals for early stage startups.

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Starting a Business in Bellevue, Washington: A Legal Guide for Startups

Starting a Business in Bellevue, Washington: A Legal Guide for Startups

Explore the essential steps and legal considerations for launching a startup in Bellevue, Washington. From choosing the right business structure to getting your basic book keeping set up so that you can easily file your taxes, this post can help you get started.

Published May 12, 2024

Navigating Early Challenges: Key Legal Issues for Startup Founders

Navigating Early Challenges: Key Legal Issues for Startup Founders

This blog post discusses the five most common legal challenges startup founders face in their first year, providing insights into intellectual property laws, agreements, and compliance necessities that can safeguard their ventures.

Published May 4, 2024

Protecting Your Intellectual Property on Kickstarter with Provisional Patent Applications

Protecting Your Intellectual Property on Kickstarter with Provisional Patent Applications

Are you considering a Kickstarter campaign, and want to understand how this may impact your intellectual property (IP) rights? Read on to understand the implications of Kickstarter on your IP and evaluate strategies for safeguarding your invention using a provisional patent applications. Learn about the timing, costs, and benefits of the patenting process, enhancing your Kickstarter campaign's success while securing your intellectual property rights.

Published Apr 29, 2024

Patent Timing: When Should I file my Patent Application?

Patent Timing: When Should I file my Patent Application?

For startups, there is always more work to be done than can be done. Rigorous prioritization and delaying work until it must be done are essential skills. But how long can you hold off on filing for patent protection until it is too late? This blog post offers some guidelines about what factors to consider when determining when to file your patent application.

Published Apr 20, 2024

Navigating Legal Waters: Top 5 Legal Issues Every Startup Founder Must Address

Navigating Legal Waters: Top 5 Legal Issues Every Startup Founder Must Address

This comprehensive blog post dives into the critical legal areas startup founders must be aware of, including intellectual property law, contracts, company structure, compliance requirements, and shareholder agreements. By integrating authoritative legal sources, we offer startups an invaluable guide to safeguarding their visions and ensuring a solid legal foundation for their business ventures.

Published Apr 16, 2024

Understanding the Costs of Securing a Patent for Startups

Understanding the Costs of Securing a Patent for Startups

This post offers a detailed explanation of the financial commitments startups should anticipate when seeking to secure a patent, including government fees, attorney fees, and potential hidden costs. Essential for startup owners looking to navigate the intellectual property landscape effectively.

Published Apr 8, 2024

Can You Patent Accessories and Improvements on Other's Products?

Can You Patent Accessories and Improvements on Other's Products?

Yes you can! In fact, most inventions can be seen as an improvement on the prior art. Let's jump into the details.

Published Apr 5, 2024

Search like a Patent Examiner

Search like a Patent Examiner

Let's jump into the patent searching using the United States Patent & Trademark Office's (USPTO's) very own search engine. This guide offers step-by-step instructions to help inventors and entrepreneurs take a first step in protecting their innovations.

Published Mar 27, 2024

The Costs of Securing a Patent: A Comprehensive Guide

The Costs of Securing a Patent: A Comprehensive Guide

This blog post offers an in-depth understanding of the financial aspects involved in obtaining a patent, with emphasis on ensuring innovators are fully informed about potential costs and the value of legal support in the patent application process.

Published Mar 14, 2024

Writing and Filing Your Own Provisional Patent Application

Writing and Filing Your Own Provisional Patent Application

Getting a patent is expensive - but getting a designation of "patent pending" and establishing a filing date can be quite affordable.

Published Mar 6, 2024

Key Legal Requirements for Your Startup's Website: Understanding EULA, Privacy Policy, TOS, and Cookie Policy

Key Legal Requirements for Your Startup's Website: Understanding EULA, Privacy Policy, TOS, and Cookie Policy

This blog post offers a comprehensive overview of the essential legal documents every startup website must include: End User License Agreement (EULA), Privacy Policy, Terms of Service (TOS), and Cookie Policy. Learn the importance of each and why they're crucial for compliance and protecting your business.

Published Mar 4, 2024

The Art of Modern Patent Sales: Strategies and Considerations for Innovators

The Art of Modern Patent Sales: Strategies and Considerations for Innovators

In this essential read for inventors and entrepreneurs, we explore the facets of modern patent sales, shedding light on the types of inventions that stand out in the marketplace, the extent of commercialization needed, and the strategies to navigate these transactions successfully.

Published Mar 3, 2024

Writing a DIY provisional patent application

Writing a DIY provisional patent application

Let's cover the steps of filing provisional patent applications and how these patent applications can play a role in your licensing and sales efforts when you want to commercialization of your invention.

Published Feb 27, 2024

Patent Sales and Patent Licensing

Patent Sales and Patent Licensing

A Comprehensive Guide for Solo Inventors looking to commercialize their inventions.

Published Feb 26, 2024

Patent Strategies for Bootstrapped Startups

Patent Strategies for Bootstrapped Startups

Maximizing Resources and Protection for early stage self-funded startups

Published Feb 24, 2024

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