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How to Protect Your Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights in Overseas Markets

intellectual property protectionAre you thinking of taking your business global this year? Whether you are a service-based business or hoping to export your products, it’s critical that you take steps to protect your trademarks, copyrights and patents overseas.

Why? Industry estimates suggest that $250 billion is lost by businesses each year due to infringement of intellectual property (IP) rights in international markets.

While copyright laws can provide protection in foreign markets, patents and trademark protection are often a matter of geography. Even Read More

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The Terms of Business: How to Negotiate a Partnership Agreement

Finding a partner who wants to play ball with you seems like a difficult task, but when you take a look at the process, it’s negotiating the terms of a partnership agreement that requires true business savvy. Like Ben Hogan’s legendary golf swing, follow-through is the key, consistent element to make sure the terms of partnership are mutually beneficial.

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Do yourself a favor – don’t leave it all up to the lawyers. Partnerships are about a shared vision, so make Read More

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The Terms of Business: How to Negotiate a Partnership Agreement

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Hollywood, Homeland Security Double Up Video Piracy Warnings

Filed under: Media, Crime, EntertainmentIf you thought the unskippable FBI warning about piracy included on every DVD was annoying before, it’s about to get even worse.

Soon, home entertainment customers will have to sit through an additional pre-roll…

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Could a Fake Coach Purse Land You in Jail? Anti-Counterfeiters Target Consumers

Filed under: Crime, Shopping, Secret ShopperThat bootleg Prada bag you proudly dangle from your arm — the one you scored on Canal Street in New York City, that hotbed of knockoffs? Someday soon, you could be fined for buying that fake — or worse, thr…

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Apple, Disney and Ikea Stores: The Ultimate Knockoffs?

Filed under: Apple, Retail, FeaturesJessica Angelson, a 27-year-old U.S. blogger living in Kunming, China, was walking around her neighborhood last month when she noticed a store that looked surprisingly familiar. She took pictures and posted them. The…

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