• Intellectual Property: Introduction
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    Intellectual Property: Introduction

    Kauffman Founders School, Peter D. McDermott, Intellectual Property, Intro


>>In the early part of my career I was an in‑house patent attorney at Ford Motor Company. It was an excellent opportunity for a broad range of training and experience in intellectual property law. My practice now involves advising clients on intellectual property issues. That includes patent strategy for protecting new products and for protecting new technologies. My name is Peter McDermott. I’m a patent lawyer in the Boston office of Banner & Witcoff. Being a patent attorney is just great. It gives you an opportunity to come in when most of the hard work has been done. A lot of the…

  • Intellectual Property: Trademarks
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    Intellectual Property: Trademarks

    Kauffman Founders School, Peter D. McDermott, Intellectual Property, Trademarks

>>Trademarks. Trademarks are kind of fun. I mean, trademarks are the face of the company to the marketplace. Your company will have a trademark almost certainly, a trade name and a trade mark. You will use it on your products or services. Almost anything can be a trademark. It could be of course a word, Exxon or Pepsi‑Co. It can be a scent. There are some perfume scents that are registered as trademarks. You’re probably going to want to pick a trademark that somehow conveys to a marketplace what your product is all about or what your service is all about. The…

  • Intellectual Property: Protection & Infringement
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    Intellectual Property: Protection & Infringement

    Kauffman Founders School, Peter D. McDermott, Intellectual Property, I.P. Protection & Avoiding Infringement

 >>You’ve got an intellectual property strategy that’s terrific. And you’ve been following it diligently, even better. And the result, of course, is that you’ve identified a number of different technological points that might be worth protecting. Might be worth getting intellectual property protection for. So now what? Well, now we have to make some decisions. Now we have to decide what to protect and how to protect it. First of all, most expensive and powerful protection would be a patent. If you decide you don’t want to pursue a patent, either it’s too expensive or not the…

  • Intellectual Property: Copyrights
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    Intellectual Property: Copyrights

    Kauffman Founders School, Peter D. McDermott, Intellectual Property, Copyright

>>Copyright is the right to stop others from copying or performing or using or selling your creative work. Copyright can exist in a lot of different work product. Certainly in software, in your code, that can be copyrighted. Obviously music and movies, these are all copyrighted, novels, works of art. To protect your copyrights you have the option of registering it. Not essential, but it gives you advantages and we’ll talk about those advantages. Filing a registration does give you some advantages, some statutory advantages, in the area of enforceability. You can’t sue anyone for copyright infringement unless you have registered. In…