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Understand virtually any contract and sign on the dotted line with confidence. This is the first book to explain contract terms in language for the layperson. This indispensable A to Z guide covers: definitions of over 300 common terms found in contracts how to decipher the language of contracts which clauses are important and which aren't illegal and dangerous contract clauses to watch out for, and how to negotiate or change contracts. Contracts: The Essential Business Desk Reference will help you save money by explaining which clauses are important so that you can avoid a pricey professional review by a lawyer. Written in plain English, this book is especially useful for law students and business owners (including one-person operations and independent contractors), but still contains enough detail to have a place on nearly any lawyer's bookshelf.
Using copyrighted materials? Get permission and stay legal If you plan to use any copyrighted material for your own purposes, you need to get permission first from the owners of that work. If you don't, you could find yourself slapped with an expensive and time consuming lawsuit. Getting Permission tackles the permissions process head on without the legalese. It shines the light on whom to ask for permission, as well as when and how much to expect to pay for permission. Comprehensive and easy to read, the book covers: - the permissions process - the public domain - copyright research - fair use - academic permissions - the elements of a license and merchandise agreement - the use of a trademark or fictional character - and much more Getting Permission includes agreements for acquiring authorization to use text, photographs, artwork, and music, whether it's found online or off. The edition of this essential guide is completely updated to reflect the latest laws and court decisions. Plus, read an all new collection of practical, real life FAQs, based on author Richard Stim's popular intellectual property blog, Dear Rich: Nolo's Patent, Copyright & Trademark Blog. With Downloadable Forms
If you belong to a band and love the art of your job, but sing the blues when it comes to the business side, you need Music Law. Composed by musician and lawyer Richard Stim, the book explains how to: find the right manager buy, insure and maintain equipment get gigs and get paid tour on a budget use samples do covers legally protect your copyright trademark your bandâ TMs name choose a recording studio sell your music manage your website understand record contracts deal with taxes Music Law provides all the legal information and practical advice musicians need. This edition is thoroughly updated with the latest changes in copyright and trademark law, including guidance on filling out "Form CO." Plus, find expanded information on musical collaborations between DJs and other musicians. You'll also get the most up-to-date legal forms available. Interactive forms are downloadable.
Stim, a musician and intellectual property attorney, explains the business side of running a band from a legal perspective. He discusses band partnerships and agreements, management, attorneys, equipment, performance and touring, copyright and song ownership, publishing, band names and trademarks, album artwork issues, recording and manufacturing issues, music distribution, independent record agreements, and taxes. This edition covers downloads and other internet issues.
A brilliantly clear and up-to-date patent guide Patent law is changing, and this bestselling primer on patent law has up-to-date information on the America Invents Act, the most important change to American patent law in two centuries. Packed with detailed information, Nolo's Patents for Beginners explains how to: document your invention acquire patent rights "read" a patent application understand how and why to make a patent search determine patent ownership find patent information understand international patent law decide whether to file a provisional patent Nolo's Patents for Beginners provides plain-English explanations of patent law, patent and invention resources and a glossary of patent terms. The 8th edition is completely updated to cover all changes in patent law and regulations, including the latest on filing for provisional patent status.
What are patents? Why do you need one? How do you get it? This book provides a clear explanation of the entire process.
This work offers information in plain language on basics of intellectual property law and related legal terms. It explains how to protect intellectual property and how intellectual property law affects the Internet.
Whether you're an inventor, designer, writer or programmer, you need to understand the language of intellectual property law. Otherwise, you can't intelligently deal with intellectual property issues such as: . who owns creative works or valuable information . how owners can protect and enforce their ownership rights . how disputes between intellectual property owners can be resolved, and . how ownership rights can best be transferred to others. With Patent, Copyright & Trademark, you will: . get clear overviews of relevant laws . understand the different kinds of protection offered by patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets -- and which apply to your work . get a plain-English definition of every term you're likely to come across, and . find the information you need, quickly and easily -- all entries are organized by topic and extensively cross-referenced. This edition has been updated to reflect the latest changes in intellectual property law and provides the latest U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rules and forms. It includes up-to-date discussions of the new "first to file" rule, which promises to revolutionize patent law. Plus, read all new Q&As excerpted from author Richard Stim's popular blog, Dear Rich.
Take the first step to protecting your invention! Ready to stamp "patent pending" on your invention? Then you need to file a provisional patent application (PPA), an inexpensive way to claim your hard work. With a PPA, you'll have time to figure out whether you can make a profit from your creation before you invest more time and money. With Patent Pending in 24 Hours, you have all the forms and information you need to get the job done! Find out how to: . evaluate hurdles to patentability . write a clear PPA . prepare informal drawings of your invention . conduct a patent search online . understand basic patent law . complete all forms required by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office . file your application . modify your invention after filing The book also includes important legal forms to help you preserve your rights when showing or selling your invention: . nondisclosure agreement . patent assignment . prototype-maker agreement . joint-ownership agreement This edition is completely revised with updated case law and patent regulations, updated patent searching information and additional resources. The first book to cover huge legislative changes to American patent law, taking effect throughout 2012 and 2013
Everything you need to protect your invention now The provisional patent application (PPA) is a quick, inexpensive and legal way to claim your invention--and buy yourself time to determine whether it's worthwhile to pursue a regular patent. Learn how to: conduct a patent search online complete all the necessary forms evaluate potential hurdles prepare informal drawings file your application, and file a new PPA to reflect modifications. The book also includes important legal forms to help you preserve your rights when showing or selling your invention: nondisclosure agreement patent assignment prototype-maker agreement joint-ownership agreement The 7th edition incorporates changes from the "America Invents Act," as well as recent revisions to patent rules and regulations. Thousands of people have used Patent Pending in 24 Hours successfully. You can, too!
You've invented a great product and it's time for the next step. However, if you present an invention to a prospective buyer or licensee, it's no secret that your idea can be stolen. How can you draft an agreement that protects your interests? Turn to Profit From Your Idea to help you create, modify and understand nondisclosure agreements specifically for inventors. In addition to providing sample agreements and practical advice, this all-in-one guide helps you: understand the licensing process determine ownership rights work with agents effectively find potential licensees publicly show inventions without the risk negotiate a fair licensing deal draft a comprehensive licensing agreement deal with international licensing Disclosing your invention requires a balancing act: Presenting the best aspects of your invention while protecting the confidential aspects of your work. Use Profit From Your Idea to help you effectively maintain the necessary balance and minimize the risks of disclosure. The fully updated edition comes complete with the latest licensing case law and includes brand new FAQs, many from the author's popular blog, Dear Rich: Nolo's Patent, Copyright & Trademark Blog.
Learn four cost-effective ways to protect the applications you develop for mobile devices. The methods described in this Mini Missing Manual won't stop people from misappropriating your secrets, stealing your name, and copying your code. But if any of those things do happen, you'll have the legal ammunition you need to recover your losses and, in some cases, get money to pay attorney fees. Taking these steps will also reinforce your legal rights in the event that another company wants to acquire your apps. The four methods include: Trade secret protection. Want to show your app to others -- investors, beta testers, or contractors -- before it's available to the public? Learn what trade secrets are and how you can protect them. Copyright protection. Protect your whole app as well as its individual parts, such as the underlying code, appearance, and the collection of data within it. Trademark protection. Protect your app's name, slogan, or logo. And learn how to file an application for trademark registration. Permissions. Learn how and when to get permission to reuse material from other sources, like photos, data, video, or audio clips.
Protect your trademark, protect your business. Trademarks the names and symbols that identify your business, brand, and products in the marketplace are important assets that you need to choose carefully and vigilantly defend. Using the information in this all in one reference, you'll learn how to protect: - business names - product names - product packaging - logos - slogans - domain names - anything that identifies your company, product, or service Trademark provides you with the plain English explanations and step by step instructions you need to navigate the requirements of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) and successfully register your unique mark. Learn how to: - choose marks that competitors can't copy - search for existing marks that might conflict with yours - register a name or other mark with the USPTO - protect and maintain your marks' legal strength - keep your mark safe from infringement - understand and resolve trademark disputes outside the courtroom This edition of Trademark provides the most current information on trademark statutes and case law, and the latest registration processes, including online registration. Plus, you'll get a fully up to date glossary of trademark terms and FAQs from Dear Rich, co author Richard Stim's popular intellectual property blog.
If your pastime and passion has started bringing in money, you may be wondering, "Am I in business-and if so, how do I run it?" Feeling nervous? Don't! Thousands of people who knew absolutely nothing about business are now reaping the benefits of their hard work, and experiencing the satisfaction of succeeding on their own. You can, too-and Whoops.' I'm in Bus/ness will show you how. Let it guide you through the issues all entrepreneurs face, from deciding whether this is the right kind of work for you, to making a tidy profit. Packed with practical tips, resources and the stories of people who made the transition from business newbie to successful entrepreneur!
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