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Are you taking care of business?June 23, 2008

HOSPERS, IA – Every business starts with an idea, and progress only happens when more ideas are applied and move the business. You have the ideas but are you sure your ideas belong solely to you? How important are your innovation to your business? How important is your business’ image? If another similar business opened up using a similar name, would it confuse your customers? These are the issues addressed by the field of intellectual property law (patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, etc.) This is that is becoming increasingly important to business owners, CEOs, chairperson and others who ideally profit from their good ideas. On July 21, from 9 a.m. to noon, patent and trademark attorneys Kirk Hartung and Jill Link will present ‘Business Basics: Understanding Patent and Trademark Law, and Licensing Issues’. The complimentary educational course will show business leaders and innovators what kind of information is needed to file a patent application, the process from idea to protection; how to select a good trademark; filing trademark applications within the state, federally or worldwide; and best practices using licensing of intellectual property law. Den Hartog Industries will host the complimentary educational seminar in its new, state-of-the-art conference room at 4010 Hospers Drive.Both Hartung and Link practice with the Des Moines-based intellectual property boutique, McKee, Voorhees & Sease, PLC. Visit more information, call 515-288-3667 ext. 284 or email Sarah Hankel

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