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Understand the different types of intellectual property and their options.

Our featured guest today is Andrea Evans.

Andrea Hence Evans, Esq. is the founder of an intellectual property law practice, The Law Firm of Andrea Hence Evans. Attorney Evans career path is unique since she worked at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for approximately 5 years as both a patent examiner and a trademark examining attorney after graduating from law school.

Andrea Hence Evans, Esq. is a 2002 graduate of The George Washington Law School in Washington, DC. While attending law school, she took advantage of the school’s world renowned intellectual property curriculum. She is a graduate of Spelman College and Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta, Georgia, where she obtained a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and a Bachelors of Civil Engineering, respectively.

Andrea Hence Evans, Esq. is a member of the Texas bar. She is also a registered Patent Attorney. She is a member of the US Supreme Court Bar. The Firm currently represents independent inventors, entrepreneurs, small, medium, and Fortune 100 clients in multiple states and multiple countries with patent, trademark and copyright issues. She is also the owner of a hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program, KidGINEER, LLC. She is the author of All About Inventing, Everything You Need to Know About Patents from a Former USPTO Patent Examiner & Patent Attorney. She is also a Patent Attorney on the PBS television show, MAKE48.

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KEY POINTS FROM ANDREA:

  • I am most grateful for the support and love that I am getting from everyone on Social Media.  Everyday I’m getting about 5 to 10 referrals without asking.
  • My target audience is everyday people.  I primarily work with individual small business owners and entrepreneurs.
  • Everyday these small business owners are posting something on social media about their businesses, essentially giving it away, and someone will advise them to protect their IP and they tag me.
  • Here’s the 411 on Intellectual Property (IP) from @EvansIPLaw.  IP is divided into 3 types — patents, trademarks and copyrights.
  • To protect your IP you would patent an invention, trademark the name of that invention, and copyright its written materials.
  • Everyone has some type of intellectual property, whether you’re an entrepreneur or not, or just taking notes and listening to this podcast, those notes can be copyrighted.
  • Did you know you can build legacy and generational wealth with intellectual property? @EvansIPLaw tells us how on today’s episode.
  • If you think about legacy building, intellectual property is something that can generate and create wealth.
  • Whatever you can do with real property, like your house, you can do with intellectual property.
  • @EvansIPLaw says: Your IP is extremely valuable — you can license it; you can assign it; you can sell it; you can will it.  It’s extremely valuable.
  • To have something that is patentable you need more than an idea or a general concept. A real invention needs to be described in a way that someone can use it.
  • Does your invention meet the criteria?  Is it useful and does it solve a problem?  Is it novel or new? Would it be obvious to one of ordinary skill in the art to take what’s out there and combine it to make your invention?
  • You want your invention to be useful, novel and non-obvious to make it patentable.
  • The patent rules are executed on a first-to-file basis.  You need to be the first to file and get it in.  The filing date can make or break you.
  • Stop sitting on your inventions and burying them in your backyards and being scared to talk to someone about them.
  • Take the necessary steps and action to see if you have something patentable and protect it.
  • Software can be patented. With software you don’t actually patent the code, you patent the method – the steps that you take to go from A to B.
  • You don’t have to have your product or invention made to patent it, as long as you can describe it.
  • Once you get your patent, you can licence it or sell it.
  • If you’re an inventor, you need to schedule a consultation and be able to describe your invention in a way that somebody can use it.
  • If you’re not quite sure or clear on your invention, you can file a provisional patent to hold your date for a year.  When you come back to complete the process you can file a non-provisional patent.
  • @EvansIPLaw says: Don’t think no one else has your idea. A lot of people have patents and never go to the store, so you need to do your research.
  • Trademarks never expire, as long as you use them.
  • As your business grows the value of your brand grows.

 

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