Whether you incorporate as an LLC or decide to go ahead with a DBA (Doing Business As) entity, you will need to do some paperwork. Here are some resources that provide free guidance. (Some may offer full service for a fee.)
The U.S. patent and trademark legal system has helped make our economy the envy of the world. But "plain and simple" are not usually words associated with it...until now. Patents and Trademarks Plain & Simple is the book all would-be inventors, writers, and designers have been waiting for. Patents and Trademarks Plain & Simple includes: A brief history of our patent system. An explanation of what can be patented. What needs to be included in a patent application. How to do a patent search. How to select a patent attorney. Whether to seek patent protection in the first place. It also covers patent prosecution, design patents, invention marketing, licensing, designing around patents, and inventors and the IRS, foreign patents, and employer and employee invention rights.
Useful tips and step-by-step guidance from filing to issue to license Acquire and protect your share of this major business asset Want to secure and exploit the intellectual property rights due you or your company? This easy-to-follow guide shows you how-- helping you to evaluate your idea's commercial potential,conduct patent and trademark searches, document the invention process, license your IP rights, and comply with international laws. Plus, you get detailed examples of each patent application type!
The world's bestselling guide to patenting your creation! Have a world-class idea? Ready to protect your invention from copycats? Then turn to the best resource available -- Patent It Yourself. Attorney David Pressman takes you through the entire patent process, providing scrupulously updated information and clear instructions to help you determine if you can patent your invention, understand patent law, evaluate the commercial potential of your idea, perform your own patent search, file a provisional patent application, prepare a formal patent application, conduct a patent search online, understand basic patent law, complete all forms required by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, file your application, modify your invention after filing. The book also includes important legal forms to help you preserve your rights when showing or selling your invention: nondisclosure agreement, patent assignment, prototype-maker agreement, joint-ownership agreement, and more.
The International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) is a private sector coalition formed to represent US copyright-based industries in efforts to improve protection of copyrighted materials in the international market. IIPA's goal is a legal and enforcement regime for copyright that deters piracy, fosters technological and cultural development in other countries, and encourages local investment and employment. The IIPA website offers country-by-country reports and statistics on piracy and other intellectual property rights infringements.
In this film, learn about intellectual property law and contracts from lawyer Angela Perry. She explains intellectual property ownership, why it can be unclear whether an employee or a business owns ideas, and how to clarify these boundaries in employment contracts.
This is a hands-on book that focuses on the tasks that you or any new business owner must complete in the first 100 days of launching a business. This book provides examples that include securing proper business licenses and permits; setting up a bookkeeping system; negotiating a lease; buying insurance; entering into contracts with vendors; recruiting and hiring employees; and making the first sale. Broader issues such as developing a business model and building a brand will also be touched upon, but the primary focus of this book is getting you focused on the practical issues that you'll need, as a new business owner, to accomplish, and accomplish correctly, and to get your business off to a good start.