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Client Alert: Action Needed by Organizations whose Websites allow User Postings

Businesses and nonprofits that operate a website or other online presence (mobile app, blog, portal, game, etc.) where users may post content (for example, in a user forum) will need to take action in 2017 in order to obtain...more

Accelerator for Women-led Startups Announced in Waterloo, Ontario

Are you part of a women-led, high-potential startup? If so, Communitech’s Fierce Founders Accelerator may be the program you’re looking for. The Fierce Founders Accelerator is a six-month startup accelerator with...more

Canadian Trademark Changes Delayed Once Again – Five Things to Do While You Wait

Canada is a critical U.S. trading partner. Products and services move fluidly across the border, which makes protecting trademarks in Canada exceptionally important for U.S.-based companies. However, Canada’s anachronistic...more

7 Essential IP Law Considerations for Startup Entrepreneurs

Ask any startup veteran: intellectual property can make or break a successful exit. Here are seven things every startup should know about intellectual property law....more

Copyright Protection: Differences Between U.S. and Canadian Law

Copyright law protects creative works such as books, paintings, sculptures, songs, and movies. Businesses, nonprofit organizations, and individuals often own a wide variety of copyrights. Sometimes a copyright owner will not...more

Faster Is Not Always Better: Dangers of Quickly Filed Patent Applications

The United States switched to a “first-inventor-to-file” patent system in 2013. Ever since, articles and client alerts have stressed the importance of filing your patent applications as quickly as possible. Otherwise, the...more

New Email Alert System Allows for Patent Publication Monitoring

On April 24, 2014, the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) announced the release of the Patent Application Alert Service (the Service). The Service provides free, customized email alerts when U.S. patent...more

5/1/2015  /  Patents , USPTO

"USPTO Issues Updated Guidelines Affecting Computer-Implemented Claims"

On December 15, 2014, the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) released Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility.1 The guidelines, titled Interim Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility (the...more

7 Key Roles of a Successful Startup CEO

In your experience, what’s the most important role that a startup CEO should fulfill? That’s the question we put recently to JD Supra contributors, many of whom have spent years working with successful entrepreneurs in...more

3 Fundraising Mistakes Startup Entrepreneurs Make (and How to Avoid Them)

Some startups want to tout big fundraising numbers. Resist that urge. Focus on a smart valuation and return focus to the product....more

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