intellectual property

Tired of the time-for-dollars model in your service business? Fed up with feast-or-famine in your cash flow? Eager to discover alternative ways to have greater impact and income? Listen in as we interview Sarah Farzam, the Founder and Director of Bilingual Birdies, a foreign language and live music program for young children in New York […]


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I was asked recently in my Ask An Expert column whether you could copyright something you didn’t write.  The short answer is “no,” unless you’ve carved out a “work for hire” exception.  This is particularly relevant for entrepreneurs who outsource to freelancers for their projects. When you hire a freelancer to do work for […]


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You may roll your eyes and picture your grandmother waggling her finger in your face saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, young lady,” but she was right. How simple would it have been to floss regularly, instead of having to go through the time and expense of filling a cavity? My husband […]


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This tragic story of insufficient planning is just another example from the Department of Not-Beginning-With-The-End-In-Mind. So many entrepreneurs get all “over the moon” about getting launched and off the ground that they ignore thoughts about their exit strategy. What do they want to get out of the business? How will they exit? Will they sell the […]


“What’s in a name?” asked Shakespeare. I often wonder what celebrities are thinking when they name their kids Tu (Morrow), Moon Unit (Zappa), or North (West, of Kardashian-West fame). Or not thinking. Somehow, they latch on to an idea … which may have been hilarious after a few too many 3rd trimester appletinis … and […]


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Yes, that’s the advice of most of the “success gurus.”  Figure out what you do well–and what you enjoy doing–and leave the rest to someone else. Listen in to my conversation with Rosalie Lober, PhD., author of the newly-released Run Your Business Like a Fortune 100: 7 Principles for Boosting Profits. We cover: Rosalie’s case […]


Post image for ‘Don’t Try This At Home’–Interview with IP Attorney Amy Goldsmith

“Why can’t I handle my own patent/trademark/copyright filings?” you ask.  “I’m getting started on a shoestring–do I really need to spend the legal fees?” Go right ahead and DIY . . . but if you’re not on target about what you’ve done or how thoroughly you’ve handled your background research, you could find that you’ve […]


Post image for Intellectual Property Basics for Solopreneurs – June 21st Teleclass!

Here’s a terrific resource for you – and not just because I’m the guest expert for their monthly teleclass next week: The Virtual Assistance Chamber of Commerce.  J It’s not just for virtual assistants; their programs, columns, and forums can benefit all entrepreneurs who are in business by themselves.  I’ve entitled my teleclass “You’d […]

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Post image for Basic Training:  Tackling Copyright Infringement of Your Blog

With so much stuff on the internet available and ripoff-able, what steps can we take to fight back? Q: I have several blogs, and I wrote several articles that I have published to article directories. Doing research on my topics I found my article posted on another website and another author put his name to […]


Post image for Basic Training: Is Selling Replicas Kosher?

I like street fairs as much as the next gal (maybe more!), but can Kate Spade r-e-a-l-l-y be selling those charming handbags for only $10? Q:  Is there any way I can I sell replicas legally in the United States?  How can I be sure I’m being protected? A:  It is absolutely illegal to sell […]


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