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Business Focus: Intellectual Property Tips

If you have an online business or side hustle, it’s essential that you take steps to protect your intellectual property. Logos, written material, and inventions need protection. Here are some steps you can take:

Trademark Your Logo
While not a legal requirement, trademarking your logo for your small business is certainly a good idea. It helps to ensure other businesses can’t use your logo, which is the face of your business and how your clients identify you.

Copyright Website Material
If your website contains only basic information such as hours of operation, contact info, etc., it may not be necessary to copyright your material. However, if your website content is based heavily on your ideas and creations (bloggers, journalists, artists, software engineers, for example), seeking copyright protection will be essential.

Beware of Patent Issues
“Patent trolls” can often be a problem for online businesses and start-ups. Patent Attorneys can help you protect your inventions.

Whether you have a million dollar idea on your hands or are just looking to generate some extra income with a side hustle, it’s important to take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your business. While our firm does not provide intellectual property counseling, we have trusted referrals that can assist you and your business.


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