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Patent Basics for Independent Entrepreneurs

Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, and Trade Secrets Patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets are all forms of protection for intellectual property but they all protect different forms of ideas.  It can be a bit confusing figuring out which category your idea falls into, and hopefully reading this will help you decide which one best fits your idea. Trademarks protect brands.  Trademarks and service marks (for companies…

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Cooperatives: History, Features, Formation

Cooperatives are business entities established by a group of people who work together to operate, manage, and democratically control a jointly-owned company that meets their shared needs. History Cooperatives are rooted in the Industrial Revolution, formed as a reaction to the harsh working conditions that came with large-scale factory work. William King (1786-1865), was an early supporter of the cooperative movement and published "The Cooperator”…

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So You’re Planning a Webinar: Copyright Concerns for the COVID Era

As the world has moved to address COVID-19 through social distancing, more and more events are being moved to online formats. This method of presenting over the internet has its advantages, allowing for geographically disparate people to participate and for recordings of such events to be shared widely. However, like most advances in technology, these new formats raise concerns about how copyright law applies to…

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