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Whether you love “IP” or hate it, or even know what I’m talking about, I have good news!

by editor 16. May 2016 06:40

 

 

 

Whether you love “IP” or hate it, or even know what I’m talking about, I have good news!

Brad Czerwonky – Patent Agent, Taylor English Duma LLP   

ANY of you like to tinker in the garage? Any of you design things or write for a living? Any musicians or authors? Any executives, engineers, artists, scientists, teachers, sales and marketing professionals, students, graphic designers, programmers, or even lawyers out there?

NO matter who you are and what you do, you probably have your own share of ideas and your own unique way of expressing them. Some of you probably make your livelihood based on developing those ideas and communicating them to others (and if that’s you, I can relate!). Us humans are not only wired to create but to share and build on each other’s ideas as we have done since time immemorial.

NOW when you hear the term “intellectual property,” how do you respond? Do your ears perk up? Do you run for the hills? Do you pour yourself a drink (maybe even with the benefit of your own personal “automaton” such as the above gem disclosed by Mr. Robert Little in U.S. Patent No. 711,510, issued in 1902)? Does mention of the terms “patent,” “trademark,” “copyright,” or “trade secret” get your creative juices running or your blood boiling? Unless you live completely “off the grid” (and probably even if you do), all of us touch or create intellectual property or IP on almost a daily basis.

WHILE it might strike fear into the hearts of some and irritate others because of the perceived mystery or hassle involved, learning the basics of IP need not be difficult and, like many things, can be fun as long as you know what you’re doing. More importantly, if you like the idea of making IP work for you—or at least knowing what others are doing with it, we’ll be covering this and other ground in one of the sessions at this year’s IWF show: Intellectual Property 101: Protecting Your Inventions and Other Creative Works. Save the date or even sign up now to join us if you’re already hooked: Thursday, August 25th from 10am! In my next post, I’ll share more on what exactly IP is (and why it matters)…

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