Copyright Wake Up Call: Register or Regret!

Copyright Registration is the Ultimate Insurance Policy for Creatives By Bill Honaker, The IP Guy Copyright registration provides creative people with two key benefits. Copyright protection attaches immediately, automatically.  But to enforce your copyright, it must be registered with the United States Copyright Office. It’s required before you can file a lawsuit for infringement. Registration […]

Using AI Can Kill Your Copyright

Beware, Copyright Office Guidelines require disclosure of AI-generated content, or else! By Bill Honaker, The IP Guy The US Copyright Office, courts, and businesses are all busy writing policies and regulations regarding Artificial Intelligence. But, focusing on AI without a good definition leads to confusion and uncertainty.   Definitions are important. When I started at […]

Is AI Going to Take My Job?

By Bill Honaker, The IP Guy I’ve been intrigued by artificial intelligence ever since Steven Thaler first attempted to patent a couple of inventions that he claimed were created entirely by a creative machine, which he called DABAS. DABAS stands for, “Device for the Autonomous Bootstrapping of Unified Science.” He also tried to get copyright […]

Keys to Strong Patents

The claims are the most important part of a patent! Typically, a utility patent has 7 parts: A title that generally describes the invention. An abstract that summarizes the invention. A background that describes the problem you are solving and what others have done. Drawings of the invention if it can be illustrated. A description […]

Which Patent is Right for You?

 The Different Types of Patents Available in the United States By Intellectual Property Attorney Bill Honaker, The IP Guy I got a call from a client today asking about his latest invention. He asked what types of patents are available, and which one he should pursue. The question is, “What type of patent is right […]

Trademark Scam Alert

by Intellectual Property Attorney Bill Honaker, the IP Guy Recently I’ve been receiving calls from clients in a panic.  “I just got a call from an examiner at the USPTO.  He said our trademark is expiring and he needed a credit card for the renewal. Is this legit?” The short answer is NO! It’s a […]

Take These Steps to Conserve Your Patents, Trademarks and Cash

Don’t Give Up Your IP During this Crisis by Intellectual Property Attorney Bill Honaker, the IP Guy Don’t lose valuable IP rights due to the Coronavirus.  We’ve heard the rallying cry, “Defeat the invisible enemy”? No, the other one, “Conserve the cash.”  Businesses of all sizes are trying to conserve their cash during this crisis. […]

How to Get the Most from Your Content!

If you’re a content creator, take two minutes and read this article. If your business creates articles, blogs, brochures, catalogues, images, websites, software, manuals, marketing materials, music and more, you have copyrights.  Copyrights protect your works from being copied. They last for the life of the author plus 70 years, and for businesses, 95 years […]