Intellectual Property (IP) strategy is a business strategy

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in collaboration with the Portland District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), will provide a brief overview of the four major types of intellectual property (IP) and explain why innovators and entrepreneurs should consider them in their business plan.

Topics include:

  • Overview of intellectual property types: patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets
  • An introduction to the new IP Identifier tool
  • Why innovators and entrepreneurs should consider protecting their IP
  • Importance of patent and trademark searching to protect your IP and possibly avoid infringement
  • Understanding the risks of early disclosure
  • Resources and assistance available through the USPTO

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