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Bruce E. Burdick

Bruce Burdick’s Legal Guides

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  • What is a Copyright

    What is copyright?Copyright is a form of protection for artistic creations granted automatically by international treaty (the Bern Convention) and, in the US, by Congress pursuant to Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8 of the U.S. Constitution for original works of authorship fixed in...

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  • Types of Patent Searches

    Type of Patent Search Objective of the Search Note: This list is provided for clarity and better communication between clients and attorneys as these terms are often misused and misapplied. This will help you order what you really want. Clearance Search This generally me...

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  • How Do You Make Money On Your Patent - Part i

    David Kappos, Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, when in charge of managing IBM patents, said, Right now, what youve got is a marketplace where nobody knows what the asset is worth. Perhaps, but IBM makes over a billion dollars a year licensing its patents...

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  • How Do You Make Money On Your Patent - Part 2

    Is It Transformational?Apatent is evaluated for its ability to replace existing technology, or, to start a new technological trend. There are currently more than 100 patent infringement lawsuits relating to smart phone technology because smart phones are transforming the world ...

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  • How Do You Make Money On Your Patent - Part 3

    Is the Patent a Blockbuster?A crown-jewel patent protecting a significant, first of its kind technology may be used to dominate an industry and block competitors and create an exclusive market-niche for the company. Even a solitary crown-jewel patent may sometimes form the basi...

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  • Trademark Infringement Basics

    Trademark infringement is a violation of the exclusive rights of associated with a trademark without the authorization of the trademark owner and without any contractual or statutory licensee. Infringement may occur when one party, the "infringer", uses a trademark which is ident...

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  • What is Trademark "Distinctiveness" or "Secondary Meaning"? He

    Trademarks are generally classified into to one of five categories: Arbitrary, Fanciful, Suggestive, Descriptive, or Generic. Let me discuss those.Arbitrary trademarks are those that have no significant meaning other than as a trademark.Fanciful trademarks are those that have fan...

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  • Why Register A Trademark?

    Registering a trademark heightens the protection it receives, deters others from using your trademark, and increases the remedies should someone infringe upon the trademark.A. To Obtain Priority In the USA, filing an application for trademark registration is, by law, equivalent t...

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  • I Received a Cease and Desist Letter. What Should I Do?

    1. Find a trademark infringement attorney and obtain a free intial consultation. That way you can find out your options and determine whether it is something you can handle yourself. If you are just starting and switching trademarks to something new and different is an option, th...

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  • Starting Business? Protect Your Inventions under the America Invents Act

    Learn your options and how to protect inventions under the new America Invents Act of 2011 (" AIA"). Hint: Move fast, the Act is a game changer.

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