Legal Watch

When Does Your Website Become Your Greatest Risk?

Oct 20 2014

by:  Kathleen Kuznicki, Esq. Do you have a website? Do you have images on your website? Do you know where those images came from? Truly, do you? If you didn’t create the images yourself or you didn’t license the images from …

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What is Intellectual Property and Why Protect It?

Apr 30 2014

by:  Kathleen Kuznicki, Esq. Intellectual property is a concept that is nebulous to most people, you probably have heard of it, but what is it really? Intellectual property is the result of human ingenuity and creativity. The law provides mechanisms …

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Intro To Patents

Apr 24 2014

A patent is a government granted monopoly that gives an inventor the exclusive right to make, use or sell their invention for a limited time, in exchange for disclosure of that invention. There are three types of patents-design patents, plant …

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How Long Does it Take to Get a Patent?

Apr 20 2014

by:  Kathleen Kuznicki, Esq. When people come to talk with me about patenting their inventive idea, inevitably this question arises: “How long will it take to get a patent?”  When I tell them the patent approval process will probably take …

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The Basics of Trademarks

Apr 18 2014

by:  Kathleen Kuznicki, Esq. What is a trademark? The legal definition of a trademark is a word, phrase, symbol, or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of goods and services. Most commonly we think of names and logos, but marks …

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Intro To Copyrights

Apr 16 2014

 by:  Kathleen Kuznicki, Esq. A copyright protects the particular way people expressed themselves.  A copyright gives an owner the exclusive legal right to reproduce, publish, sell, or distribute an original creative work. A work is original if it is not …

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Design Patent

Apr 14 2014

by:  Kathleen Kuznicki, Esq. You got the (novel and non-obvious?) look! In the recent Apple-Samsung case, the jury found that Samsung infringed six of Apple’s patents.  While we think of Apple as having such technological superiority, three of patents that …

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Trade Secrets: Your Undisclosed Intellectual Property

Apr 12 2014

by:  Kathleen Kuznicki, Esq. Proprietary information such as customer lists and recipes are intellectual property.  However they are not formally protected in the same way as are trademarks, copyrights or patents.  These and other types of confidential information can only …

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Licensing Agreements

Apr 10 2014

by:  Kathleen Kuznicki, Esq. Persons or businesses that own intellectual property have certain rights in that property.  Intellectual property includes copyrights, trademarks, patents and trade secrets.  Owners of these properties are free to give as little or as many of …

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Getting a Patent: Outline of a Patent Application

Apr 08 2014

by:  Kathleen Kuznicki, Esq. If you are considering getting a patent, you should be familiar with the items that must be included in a patent application. Below is a detailed outline of the material you will need to prepare to patent …

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