Tag Archives: intellectual property

IP New Year’s Resolutions Every Business Should Make!

by Intellectual Property Attorney Bill Honaker, the IP Guy As the New Year approaches, many businesses set goals and make resolutions. One important area to consider is intellectual property (IP). IP refers to creations of the mind, such as inventions, literary and artistic works, symbols, names, and images, which are legally protected. Properly managing and protecting […]

Taylor Swift Teaches Copyright Law

You can learn a lot from her! by Intellectual Property Attorney Bill Honaker, The IP Guy Taylor Swift is red hot, and in the news with her new songs and tour. A couple of years ago she was in the news because her songs were sold without her consent. You may not even remember her […]

How to Copyright Your Creative Work

Copyright protection is important to your business Copyrights are everywhere in business. They include your logos, website, marketing content, images, PowerPoint presentations, and even your product assembly instructions. Copyright protection attaches upon the expression of an idea in tangible form. Basically, if you can give someone a copy, then it’s automatically protected. You don’t have […]

The Perks and Pitfalls of Creating Prolific AI Inventors

by Intellectual Property Attorney Bill Honaker, the IP Guy Originally Posted January 24, 2022 Updated February 16, 2023 In an article I wrote for VentureBeat I discuss the debate on whether AI machines should be able to patent their inventions and policy consideration. Can AI Be The Inventor of a Patent? U.S. Judge says “no,” while […]

What Is Copyright?

by Intellectual Property Attorney Bill Honaker, the IP Guy Originally Posted December 7, 2021 Updated February 3, 2023 Copyright is a type of IP that gives owners the exclusive right to make copies of a creative work. Protection of copyrights attaches as soon as an idea is expressed in a form that can be reproduced […]

“THE” Trademark is Now Owned by Ohio State

Originally Posted July 19, 2021 Updated December 22, 2022 Ohio State University recently registered the word “THE” as its trademark.  Ohio State has registered the word “the” with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Everyone I have talked to about this has the same reaction. Can you register a common word? Of course, you […]

What Should I Do Frst?

 A great question from a small business owner A new business owner recently asked, “With limited time and resources, what should I do first?” As a small business, protecting your intellectual property (IP) is crucial for ensuring the success and longevity of your company. Without proper IP protection, your branding, unique ideas, and inventions could […]

How to Do a Trademark Search

The most important step to strong trademark protection Your trademark is likely your most valuable Intellectual Property Asset. If you chose a strong trademark, it will grow in value as your business reputation grows. A trademark is actually a form of protection for your business reputation. It’s what consumers use to identify you. It is […]