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7 Ways to Determine If Your Product Needs a Patent

By | Oct 31, 2017 at 7:15 am

Developing an intellectual property plan can be key to preventing mistakes that could impact future valuation of your company. But when is it the right time to get a patent on your product? We asked 7 entrepreneurs how they knew when/if a patent is…

Legal

What Startups Need to Know About Protecting Intellectual Property

By | Aug 6, 2017 at 12:45 pm

In a startup’s early years, developing an intellectual property (IP) strategy is critical to preventing mistakes that may influence valuation and long-term viability. Easier said than done, any startup knows the need to be judicious with their resources. Thus, most startups’ IP portfolios will…

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Portland, Maine

Getting Ahead of Your Legal Affairs Is the Key to Startup Success

By | Jun 20, 2017 at 12:20 pm

Every lawyer will tell you, it’s cheaper to hire them on the front end when you launch and get your business affairs in order than when stuff goes wrong or you’re playing catch up to protect your entity. For founders, taking a proactive approach…

Ecosystems

Portland, Maine

MTI Provides Grants to Seven Maine Companies

By | Feb 5, 2017 at 12:45 pm

While the Maine startup ecosystem goes somewhat unrecognized, the burgeoning tech and innovative startups are making some serious moves. The Maine Technology Institute has awarded $95,213 in grants to seven Maine companies in hopes of jump starting the ecosystem. To be more specific, MTI…

Opinion/Analysis

Tips to Protect Your Startup Idea and Intellectual Property

By | Mar 10, 2016 at 10:00 am

If you currently seek funding, among the first things you are asked to present, apart from your business plan of course, is the state of your intellectual property. Your product idea and other IP are your most valuable assets. The companies, who protect their…

Entrepreneur

Five Ways That Over-Sharing Can Sink Your Startup

By | Sep 18, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Bubbling over with enthusiasm for your newest idea for a new business? Put a lid on it. Few human emotions are as powerful as the desire to share every detail of a great new concept that will make the world a better place —…

Trends

Watch This Short Video on the History of Copyright

By | Aug 13, 2015 at 10:00 pm

I really hate having pull quotes on this (and, similarly, hate much more that it’s something from Confucius) – because, well, that’s a bit trite and I really don’t like having to this – but I think it’s apropos when thinking about the state…

Opinion/Analysis

What to Look For when Evaluating Intellectual Properties

By | Jul 26, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Intellectual property is a modern concept with ancient roots. After all, the Bible itself proclaims that there is nothing new under the sun. Centuries later, people still struggle with this notion, trying to understand the fine line between inspired creation and a stolen idea….

Lifestyle

Jdate Sues Competitor Jewish Dating App For Using The Letter “J”

By | Jul 24, 2015 at 3:00 pm

Jdate, the popular dating service responsible for more Jewish hookups than a bottle of Manischewitz, is playing hardball in the dog-eat-dog world of nice Jewish match-making. Jdate’s parent company, Spark Networks, discreetly filed a lawsuit late last year against Jswipe, the ‘Tinder for Jews’…

Tips & How To’s

Top 5 Intellectual Property Tips for Marketers

By | May 21, 2015 at 2:00 pm

On the surface, the job description of a marketer is to help their company or their client raise awareness of their brand or educate customers in the hopes of generating sales of whatever product they have to offer. So while it’s logical to view…

Entrepreneur

San Diego

What Happens When Your Startup Gets Sued by UHaul

By | Dec 9, 2014 at 12:30 pm

HireAHelper cofounder Mike Glanz was sitting in Carl’s Jr. when UHaul served him a lawsuit: a giant stack of papers that would determine his fate for the next three years. “It was unreal at first. It was almost a proud moment – look at how…

.CO

Tsu is the Only Social Platform Where You Actually Own and Monetize Your Content

By | Nov 18, 2014 at 8:00 am

Despite all the previous media attention that highlights the issues surrounding intellectual property rights on such platforms like Facebook and Twitter, I’m sure that a vast majority of users on either network cannot say with 100 percent certainty whether they actually hold full ownership of the…

Business

Phoenix

New York Angel Investors Bank $350,000 on Intellectual Property

By | Aug 27, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Traklight, a platform that provides cloud-based software for identifying and protecting intellectual property (IP), yesterday announced that they have raised $350,000 of angel funding from New York investors. Part of the appeal for the investors is the fact that Traklight is used by both…

Business

Your Complete Guide to Prevent WordPress Content Theft

By | Apr 10, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Just as you lock your front doors when you leave the house and lock your car when you are out and about to prevent your valuables from being stolen, you can–and should–take measures to protect your electronic data from theft, as well. For most…

Entrepreneur

9 Essential Legal Resources for Startups

By | Jun 10, 2012 at 12:00 pm

One of the biggest benefits of founding a startup is that you have ultimate authority over all decisions (or at least a sizable voice amongst other co-founders).  One of the biggest drawbacks of founding a startup, however, is that you have ultimate authority over all decisions….

DC

The Top 10 Tech Cocktail Stories of the Week

By | May 19, 2012 at 2:00 pm

We get it, you’re busy.  You weren’t able to get to every Tech Cocktail post this week; it happens.  Fear not, because we’ve curated the week’s top 10 posts as determined by the Tech Cocktail editorial team. To get the Tech Cocktail weekly wrap-up direct…

Entrepreneur

Startup Outlook 2012: Entrepreneurs are Optimistic and Hiring, but Concerned about Government Policies

By | May 16, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Today, Silicon Valley Bank released its Startup Outlook 2012, based on a February survey of 270 executives from early-stage US startups. Here’s a quick roundup: The Good According to the report, “The survey revealed that the tech sector in the U.S. is healthy, hiring,…