What is Patent Infringement?

What is Patent Infringement?

Intellectual property
When your patent application is approved, you gain certain rights in your invention. Nobody has a right to directly or indirectly infringe your patent. If they do, you can file a lawsuit against them, both to get them to stop and to receive damages. A patent infringement is any prohibited act with respect to a patent. The only way that someone other than the patent holder can use the invention is through a license that they negotiated. If someone is violating your patent rights, you must take action to enforce them. Otherwise, they will get away with profiting off your hard work. Direct infringement is when someone makes, uses, or tries to sell something without obtaining a license from the patent holder. One can do this willfully (which could make…
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Does Your Business Have an IP Strategy?

Does Your Business Have an IP Strategy?

Intellectual property
When you start a business, you likely focus on choosing a name, filing paperwork with the state, and setting up operations. One thing that might fall by the wayside is an intellectual property strategy, which can be costly for your enterprise. Speak with an IP attorney as soon as possible about how to maximize your IP protections and investments. Protecting Your IP Your IP will vary depending on your specific business, but protections you might need include patents, copyrights, trade secrets, or trademarks. Applying for protections or meeting the requirements for trade secrets are complicated processes, and you likely do not have time to focus on IP protection during your startup phase. Allow a lawyer to navigate the application process and ensure you receive all the protections needed for your…
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Avoid these Mistakes Regarding Your Startup’s IP

Avoid these Mistakes Regarding Your Startup’s IP

Intellectual property
You recently started a new company in Bozeman that provides snowmobile rentals and tours in the winter and bike and tube rentals in the summer. There are similar companies in the market, of course, so you need to make sure that you set your business apart and make the right decisions to achieve your goals. Avoid the following intellectual property mistakes to increase your chances of success. Not Realizing You Have Important Intellectual Property Perhaps you know you didn’t reinvent the wheel when you started your rental company in Montana, but this doesn’t mean you have no IP to consider. To stand out, you might have designed a particular name, logo, or even a slogan to differentiate your shop from other similar ones. However, you might not identify these things…
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