Connecting the Dots from Formation to Capital

Connecting the Dots from Formation to Capital

Entrepreneurs typically start businesses because they believe the product or service they are offering is either unique in the marketplace or they can do it better than existing providers. In this process, entrepreneurs often recognize the need to establish a formal business entity, but don’t always appreciate that their initial choice can have a wide-ranging effect on how the company operates and grows.

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Should I Apply for a Design Patent or a Utility Patent?

Intellectual Property Law, Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C.

While design patents protect the ornamental or non-utilitarian features of an invention, utility patents protect the way a product functions or is made. Put another way, a design patent protects the appearance of a particular product but not the underlying utility.

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Protecting Inventions Under The New First-To-File Patent System

First-To-File Patent System

On March 16, 2013, the United States switched to a first-to-file patent system. This represented a significant departure from the hallmark of the U.S. patent system of awarding patents to the first inventor. Now, the U.S. Patent Office rewards diligence by awarding a patent to the first inventor to make it to the Patent Office. While many viewed this as harmful to independent inventors and small businesses without the financial resources to race to the Patent Office, more than 18 months of experience with the new system is showing that the harm can be managed with reasonable expense with strategic use of provisional patent applications.

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Internet – Is Copyright Infringement Just A Right-Click Away?

Internet – Is Copyright Infringement Just A Right-Click Away?

By: Brett Papendick

Most of us have used the right button of a mouse to copy an image and then use it elsewhere. Such a use could be the foundation of a copyright infringement claim.

Original works of authorship can be protected by copyright law, and such works include images on a website. The owner of a work does not need a copyright registration and does not need to use the “©” designation to acquire copyright rights as these rights automatically attach when the work is completed.

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Raising Capital: A Primer for Start-Up Companies

Iowa’s Creative Corridor has established a start-up community that is strong, vibrant, and continuing to grow. As these start-ups develop and expand, especially high-growth start-ups that are looking to scale, the founders and owners will often pursue equity financing through private offerings. Below is a general primer start-up founders and owners should be aware of as they raise capital.

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