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January 2018 Archives

Kodak is solving intellectual property challenges in photography

Kodak has presented a new idea to resolve the problem that photographers have in claiming ownership of the images they create. The idea -- which Kodak hopes to implement -- will use blockchain encryption technology to establish the owners of photographs so that they can receive just compensation for the images they create. Kodak wants to "reshape how we understand and manage intellectual property."

Patent ideas that are really out there

Nikola Tesla has said, “I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success.” It’s also been said that each of us will have a million dollar idea in our lifetime, but only a fraction will see that idea through. Clearly, the difference between being an idea person and being an inventor is the perseverance to turn that idea into reality.

Trademark infringement: The elements of a cease and desist letter

Trademark infringement happens when an unauthorized party uses a service mark or trademark in a way that creates confusion, a mistaken purchase or deception -- causing customers to buy another brand without realizing it. Unfortunately, simply owning a trademark is not enough to maintain your exclusive trademark rights. You actually have to police your mark, or you could lose your rights.

Examples of the 3 types of patents

Having a patent on an invention or idea is important when a company or individual inventor wants to protect his or her right to make money off of the invention or idea. The patent will prevent competitors from stealing the idea and making money on it themselves. It will also protect the patent-holder's right to receive royalty payments for the use of the invention.

How Should I Respond To A Cease And Desist Letter?

You do not have to be involved in a high-profile intellectual property infringement suit to feel the pressure and stress this causes your business operations. Once you receive a cease and desist letter, you experience the jab of a business competitor. You may come to the conclusion that the other party actually stole your idea and is trying to assert that your company stole it from them. Most likely, you feel upset both personally and professionally.

What property rights do I have while I'm applying for a patent?

In order to receive a patent, you need to submit a patent application. However, waiting for your patent to be approved could take a considerable amount of time -- time that could eat into your business profits -- especially if another company is infringing on your patent. For this reason, most business owners are curious to know what their intellectual property rights will be as they wait for their patent to be approved.

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