Patent Protection Attorneys for Startups on Entrepreneur Day 2017

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Entrepreneurs are responsible for many of the wonderful inventions powering society today. The world needs the entrepreneurial spirit, and it’s worth commemorating! Today, on National Entrepreneurs’ Day (Tuesday, Nov 21st, 2017), we’re examining the importance of protecting the inventions and intellectual property of entrepreneurs and the benefits of hiring patent protection attorneys for startups.

Protecting Entrepreneurs’ Intellectual Property

Entrepreneurs face a wide range of challenges when building a successful startup. And while a patent, trademark registration, or other form of protection may slip down the priority list, identifying intellectual property (IP) and developing a strategy should be one of the earliest steps. Securing legal protection for your IP builds an important framework that helps to ensure credibility with potential investors and strategic partners. Additional reasons to patent inventions and register trademarks include the ability to motivate online marketplaces and service providers to act against infringers.

Protection for intellectual properties goes all the way back to our country’s founding: Article I, Section 8, Clause 8 of the Constitution reads: “To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.”

Patents (a form of intellectual property protection, along with copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets) reflect your research and development investment and technological advantage. Under U.S. patent law, anyone who “invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof, may obtain a patent.” Anything from the design of an Internet-of-Things system to your latest choreography can be classified as intellectual property and should be protected as soon as possible.

Benefits of Patent Protection Attorneys for Startups

After you’ve determined that you have IP worth protecting – usually by conducting a thorough prior art search – the next steps are a little more difficult. Although the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) does not require a patent attorney to file a patent, it is likely in your best interest to hire one. The complexity of filing the application properly cannot be ignored when the primary concern is writing an application which satisfies the myriad of rules, statutes and case law that are part of patent law. The USPTO’s Inventors Assistance Center and Trademark Assistance Center provide information and services to the public on patent and trademark processes, but cannot provide specific legal advice.

This is where patent protection attorneys for startups become invaluable.  Many startups face unique IP-related challenges (like IP portfolio prerequisites to secure funding, and the possibility of costly patent infringement demand letters and lawsuits) which are only a few of the reasons to seek legal advice when growing your business. Experienced attorneys can help to build your intellectual property portfolio, turn an invention into a patent, enforce your rights, defend against infringement accusations, and more. Mark McCareins, clinical professor of business law at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, says, “I usually caution against using online sites that provide legal services for patent protection quickly and cheaply because this is too important to do on that level. It’s like having brain surgery done at a drive-through clinic.”

Happy National Entrepreneurs’ Day!

Not only are the ideas of entrepreneurs worth protecting, they’re worth celebrating. Since its inauguration in 2010, National Entrepreneurs’ Day has been honoring those motivated and dedicated individuals who have changed our lives with their ideas, designs, and inventions. Approximately 43% of all kids in 5th through 12th grade say they want to be an entrepreneur some day. And as generation after generation of startups and entrepreneurs launch their ideas, the importance of intellectual property protection will remain.

If you are an entrepreneur seeking IP-related advice, please connect with the experienced attorneys at Ziliak Law. And if you’re simply on board for supporting the current and future generations of Walt Disneys, Mark Zuckerbergs, and Ariana Huffingtons, be sure to visit www.entrepreneursday.org.

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