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Bruce E. Burdick

Bruce Burdick’s Legal Guides

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  • Website Startup Legal Checklist

    This guide is intended to help you spot common legal issues faced by new web businesses. It is not a substitute for hiring an Internet or IP attorney. I have updated and now repost this. 1. Intellectu

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  • How Much Will a Patent Cost?

    Typically, a regular patent will cost about $10,000. Some very simple ones might cost you slightly less, but complex ones will cost much more. The system is set up to be a rich man's sport because ric

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  • How Should I Pick a Patent Attorney

    Who you choose may determine the value of any patent you eventually get. Here are some guidelines. 1. Never Trust an Invention Promoter to Choose Your Attorney Invention promoters choose attorneys tha

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  • Can I Use a Famous Character in a Film?

    The filming is not the problem, it is what you do with the film. Is this for personal use or commercial use? There is a spectrum of use. Where you lie on this spectrum makes all the difference. So, th

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  • Is There Legal Risk in Using Claims to Be the Best in Town?

    There is commercial risk more than risk of lawsuit. Just as you can make such a claim, your competitors can legally debunk your claim, embarrass you and make you eat your words, not so much by Court o

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  • Can You Validly File a Patent after Making a Public Disclosure or Sale??

    This is a tricky area of patent law. Public disclosure of the invention can help you in some ways and hurt you and others. The US is unique in having a grace period and that makes for some tricky scen

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  • What do TM SM (R) (C) (P) (K) and (U) symbols mean?

    These are all seen in various places on labels. These have customary meanings. This list will help you identify those that appear on brand name products, often in circles and in print, often like this

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  • How to protect book manuscript to be put online?

    DRM, Watermarking, Registration Digital Rights Management There are a number of ways providers of copyright protected material digitally secure their materials. Login requirements, firewalls, paywall

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  • Is A Secrecy Agreement (Non-Disclosure Agreement) Worth The Paper It's Written On?

    Yes. Sometimes, however, not much more. Here's when it might be quite worthwhile, and when not. When both sides are big companies. Big companies have lots of people. It helps to have things written do

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  • Does a provisional application protect an invention still being developed?

    First you need terminology, then to understand how this can be done. Provisional patent applications (PPAs) are a valuable business tool if used as intended and if you use a registered patent attorney

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