On April 15, Mincov Law Corporation took part in the ESN trade show and conducted a draw for free trademark registration services.
Today it’s time to announce the winner.
On April 18, 2013, I will deliver a free 2.5-hour workshop on intellectual property in plain English for business owners.
This workshop is organized by DigiBC, the Digital Media and Wireless Association of British Columbia.
As an attendee, you will walk away not only with a ton of useful information about what different areas of intellectual property can do to and for your business, but also with several tangible tools that will allow you to start building the IP strategy for your business.
If you are running a business and don’t have a clear and viable IP strategy, this is a workshop that you can’t afford to miss!
To attend, you must register at http://mincovlaw2013.eventbrite.com/.
On March 14, I joined 300 or so BC entrepreneurs at the MYM Graduate Success event.
It was a great event, and Mincov Law Corporation was holding a draw for free trademark registration services.
We received over 20 eligible entries.
Last night, my daughters helped me pick the winner.
…and the winner is…
It is my pleasure to share with you a series of educational videos on trademarks that I have just created.
The total running time is under an hour, and if you are a small business owner I guarantee that watching these videos will be well worth your time.
No need to register, sign up or anything. Just watch the videos and learn.
P.S. For those interested, I wrote the music you hear in the intro and the outro when I was 13. This is the song that got me to travel to the U.S. in 1988 as part of the Soviet-American mission to promote peace. I was practicing on my drums and for some reason it appeared to me that this song would make a perfect corporate anthem for Mincov Law Corporation. So there you go!
I have recently attended a great seminar on business licensing.
Indeed, licensing can be a great way to grow a business and widen one’s streams of passive income.
Licensing has an obvious advantage over franchising in that it imposes substantially less mandatory requirements over the licensor.
It may appear that licensing is some kind of franchising-lite.
Whether or not it is so, it is very important to keep one thing in mind.
By definition, a license is a permission to do something that no one would have the right to do without such permission. A license is not a right, it’s a permission.
The corollary from this definition is that for there to be a valid license, the license should cover something that you can legally stop others from doing. Just like it would be very difficult to enforce a license that allows someone to breathe in exchange for a 10% royalty, it would be difficult to enforce a license pursuant to which a business is licensing something that is readily available to the public without any restrictions.
Aside from properly documenting your intellectual property in the form of copyright, trademarks and patents, you should also take great care in keeping your secrets secret. If you fail to secure your confidential information, you may one day find yourself in a courtroom with a judge who would have little sympathy to your attempts to force a competitor pay you for something that you neglected to protect. Unless your IP is properly protected, you cannot license it out. Let me rephrase that. You may be able to license it out, but it would be difficult for you to enforce the terms of such license.
Intellectual property is an important (and sometimes, the most important) asset of your business. Whether or not your strategy involves licensing your business systems to others, you should always keep in mind that your actions have consequences.
If building business assets is a part of your strategy (and it should be), then having a meaningful IP strategy is a must!
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