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September 18, 2011

By Jessica Jensen
A patent is a right granted by the United States government to an inventor to exclude others from making, using, selling or importing an invention in exchange for public disclosure of the invention’s details once the patent is granted.
There are three broad categories of patents: Utility patents are patents involving a new process, machine, article of manufacture, composition of matter or improvement thereto. An “article of manufacture” is anything that is manufactured (such as a car, printer or light bulb) and “composition of matter” is …

July 19, 2011

Source: Jessica Jensen, Attorney at Law
A copyright protects your ownership of original works such as literary material, photos,
artwork and music. You can copyright your original work in two ways. First, you can
file for copyright protection with the United States Copyright Office, www.copyright.gov.
Second, you can claim a common law copyright by using the material and documenting
your first use (when, where and how). For example, if your photo first appeared in a
flyer, keep the flyer and record the date. You can put the world on notice that you claim
a copyright by …

April 28, 2011

This column focuses on all things legal for your business. Read my column to enhance your knowledge of business law –and follow my business tips below to help keep your business out of legal hot water. If there’s a topic you’d like to see covered, let me know!
Over the next few issues, I’ll cover ways to protect your business name, logo and intellectual property. Let’s start by distinguishing trade names from trademarks. Unless you do business under your own name (“Bob Smith Car Repair” or “Susan …