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University sued for trademark infringement to change its name

If you are starting a new business in Florida, or renaming your existing company, one important step you need to take is to make sure that a competitor does not already use that name. If another business uses a name that is the same or similar to the one you want to use, the safest thing you can do is think of different, unique name. Otherwise, the other company might sue you for trademark infringement.

Patents protect inventors from intellectual property theft

A couple weeks back, we discussed the three most important legal protections for an individual or business’ intellectual property. Specifically, trademarks, copyrights and patents. Now we will begin drilling deeper down into each of these, beginning with patents.

4 legal mistakes that cause startups to crash and burn

Entrepreneurs and founders of startup companies are often so eager to get their ideas into flight that they overlook important legal details that could cause major problems after take-off. If you are thinking about founding a startup or have recently done so, make sure you haven't made any of the mistakes below.

What is intellectual property law?

The American legal system is designed in large part to protect the private property of individuals, businesses and other parties from theft or misuse. Property can be tangible objects like a building or car. Or it can be an idea, an image or a particular arrangement of words.

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