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Content about intellectual property, including trademarks, copyrights, patents, and trade secrets

10 04, 2018

Video Links for Hops, Apples, Barley & Laws Attendees!

By | 2018-04-10T01:00:55+00:00 April 10th, 2018|, , |0 Comments

I had a great time presenting "The IP in IPA" introduction to intellectual property for craft beverage entrepreneurs this afternoon.  The Utica edition of Hops, Barley, Apples & Laws CLE seemed like a great success.  Thanks to the organizers, hosts, and other speakers.  The tasting by Nine Pin Cider, Adirondack Distilling, and Copper City Brewing was pretty [...]

27 02, 2015

Selling Your Food Business? This Checklist goes to 11

By | 2018-01-26T03:00:30+00:00 February 27th, 2015|, |Comments Off on Selling Your Food Business? This Checklist goes to 11

If you are growing a substantial food business, there will come a time to sell.  This might come early, when you sell off a portion of your company to investors for cash to fuel your growth.  Or this might come late, when you’ve taken things as far as you want to and it’s time to [...]

30 01, 2015

Been Caught Stealing? Copyright on the Internet

By | 2018-01-26T03:00:30+00:00 January 30th, 2015|, |Comments Off on Been Caught Stealing? Copyright on the Internet

If you are serious about your business, you have a website.  Even if you don’t really sell or advertise on the web, a website is an important tool that people use to check out your business and see if you are real.  In the craft food & beverage space, your brand can be won or [...]

31 12, 2014

IP Showdown: Patents versus Trade Secrets

By | 2016-01-25T23:52:52+00:00 December 31st, 2014|, |Comments Off on IP Showdown: Patents versus Trade Secrets

It’s the end of the year and time for a showdown, IP-style.  If you’ve been paying attention at all, you know that trade secrets can be pretty important for food businesses.  Most recipes, formulations, and manufacturing processes are held as trade secrets.  You can learn how here.  But once in a while, a food entrepreneur [...]

3 12, 2014

What Is and Isn’t a Trademark on Your Product Label?

By | 2018-01-26T03:00:31+00:00 December 3rd, 2014|, |Comments Off on What Is and Isn’t a Trademark on Your Product Label?

You know your brand is important and that trademarks are a tool for protecting your brand.  But how do you figure out what parts of your brand actually are trademarks?  I always tell folks to start with their “house mark” (typically a company name) when they begin their trademark journey.  But for many companies, their [...]

31 10, 2014

Protecting Your Recipe or Other Trade Secret Step-by-Step

By | 2018-01-26T03:00:31+00:00 October 31st, 2014|, |Comments Off on Protecting Your Recipe or Other Trade Secret Step-by-Step

Here it is—the capstone to the wave of posts on trade secrets and using them to protect your recipe and other critical aspects of your food or beverage business.  Now, you know all about trade secrets and how they work.  The big questions is what are your really going to do about it in your [...]

15 10, 2014

What is Intellectual Property?

By | 2018-01-26T03:00:31+00:00 October 15th, 2014|, , |Comments Off on What is Intellectual Property?

Did you realize that most attorneys can’t even identify the four most common areas of Intellectual Property Law?  It’s one of the reasons I get a little edgy when people go to general practitioners for advice on patents, trademarks, copyrights, or trade secrets.  Most attorneys are wise enough to steer clear of areas of law [...]

8 10, 2014

7 Reasons to License Other Peoples’ Stuff

By | 2016-01-25T23:53:22+00:00 October 8th, 2014|, , |Comments Off on 7 Reasons to License Other Peoples’ Stuff

Are you looking for a way to radically improve your products or expand your product lines with something cutting edge?  Think about licensing someone else’s intellectual property.  You would be surprised how much it can reduce your initial investment and risk, creating a win-win proposition for everyone involved. Just last week I was on a [...]

1 10, 2014

Making Money with Know-How

By | 2018-01-26T03:00:32+00:00 October 1st, 2014|, , |Comments Off on Making Money with Know-How

Thinking about “Know-How” as an asset is a relatively new phenomenon.  A lot of business owners just don’t think this way, even if business school professors, consultants, and IP attorneys do.  But know-how is the secret ingredient (sometimes literally) to lucrative and mutually beneficial licensing arrangements between many companies. First off, know-how broadly means the [...]

24 09, 2014

What Happens If Someone Steals My Recipe or Formula?

By | 2018-01-26T03:00:32+00:00 September 24th, 2014|, |Comments Off on What Happens If Someone Steals My Recipe or Formula?

When someone has their trade secret recipe or product formula stolen, they come to an intellectual property attorney asking them to fix it.  This is unfortunate.  Sadly, there is no cure for lost information.  A judge can’t put the genie back in the bottle. If an angry employee posts your customer list to the internet, [...]