Thursday, June 26, 2014

Check Out The Intellectual Property Awareness Assessment Tool

The United States Patent and Trademark Office hosts an Intellectual Property Awareness Assessment Tool that covers the following categories: "IP Strategies & Best Practices[;] International IP Rights[;] IP Asset Tracking[;] Licensing Technology to Others[; and] Using Technology of Others." The IP Awareness Assessment Tool also has additional optional categories covering": Copyrights[;]Design Patents[;]Trademarks[;]Trade Secrets[; and]Utility Patents. Take the full assessment, which consists of 62 questions or use the Pre-assessment to customize the IP Assessment Tool to your small business specific Intellectual Property. The IP Awareness Tool is a good way to identify your small business Intellectual Property assets and relevant protections available to secure your small business IP. The Tool provides a good basic overview to familiarize your small business with IP issues. www.erskine-law.com

Monday, June 9, 2014

BusinessUSA Exporting Wizards

If your small business is looking to enter the export market or your small business seeks to expand its export capabilities, then try out BusinessUSA's, a government-run website with resources for small business, Export Wizards to gain information on a wide range of offerings and support provided by the U.S. government. There are two wizards, the first entitled Beginning Exporting addresses a small business just entering the export market, while the second wizard, entitled Expanding Exporting, contains information for a small business accustomed to the export trade. Both interactive wizards ask questions in a guided format, which produces a results page with links to further information to assist your small business in entering or expanding your business' export trade. www.erskine-law.com