#1 Thing Every Entrepreneur Needs To Do
You Need To Make Sure That You OWN Your IP before you do anything else! Their Is No Default Ownership Of IP. If You Don't Take Action, Your Company Won't Own It! If You Don't Own It, Then Someone Else Does!
What is IP?
IP is Intellectual Property. It's a company's most valuable asset. In this age of innovation, it's your ideas and how you execute on your ideas, your IP, that creates value. IP may be owned and protected under trademark, copyright, patent, contract and trade secret laws.
Chris Paradies is a Florida Bar Certified Intellectual Property Attorney and U.S. Reg. Patent Attorney, founder of Paradies law and creator of IP masterclass. He's chair of the Tampa Bay Innovation Center and a co.Starters facilitator, helping small business owners to get started right.
Why Do I Do This?
I'm Chris Paradies, and I enjoy working with creative and innovative small business owners. That's what I do as a Florida Bar Certified Intellectual Property Attorney and U.S. Reg. Patent Attorney. I help innovators to master their IP. I've seen how small businesses change lives: the life of the owner and his family, lives of employees and even the lives of customers. Small business owners care, but I've met too many owners that made fatal mistakes, early on, like losing IP rights or infringing on a competitor's rights. These mistakes can destroy a startup before it gets traction.
As a Christian, I believe in giving back to my community, and I am determined that business owners won't make fatal mistakes for a lack of knowledge or shortage of money to hire a board certified IP attorney. IPmasterclass provides practical, hands-on training in which you learn how to own your IP in about one hour per week. I intend to expand IPmasterclass to help you to protect and grow your IP too, but I'm listening to what you want.
As a West Point graduate, I learned that practical, hands-on training is the only training that sticks. IPmasterclass helps change lives by giving you tools needed to own protect grow®. You can master your IP in about one hour per week without having to become an IP master. The first step is to own your company's IP!
What is "IP masterclass"?
IP masterclass is a step-by-step online video own protect grow® program for your company's IP. I've created IP masterclass for busy entrepreneurs like you. You'll master your IP without having to become an IP master yourself in as little as one hour per week. Easy to follow online tutorials walk you through a process. You create your brand, conduct a trademark search, create a custom "Work Made For Hire" Agreement, create a custom Nondisclosure and IP Agreement, and conduct your own patent searches. Imagine the peace of mind knowing that your company owns its IP. You'll be able to work with others and share your vision without undue fear of losing your valuable IP rights or infringing the rights of competitors.
How much does IP masterclass cost?
For a limited time, you can make sure that you own your IP for a monthly fee of just $9*. Why $9? The $9 per month fee is enough for me to recoup the costs involved in offering IP masterclass, while continuing to improve the content. I'm updating and adding training to IP masterclass based on feedback from you. In the future, I will be having beta training on how to protect and grow the value of your IP, and I'll invite you to participate in the creation of the training. No obligation. Just join and give your feedback, if you have time. You'll be helping yourself as you give back to others.
MYTH #1: If I paid someone, then I own the IP
Most IP rights are not transferred automatically just because you pay someone. At best, your company might have a limited, non-exclusive implied license under some IP rights. or worse, you'll be sued for infringing a third party's IP rights.
What is my vision?
My vision is to fix a broken system. Most small Businesses Can't hire a great iP attorney.
How can I be so certain? Experience and logic!
Experience: I've met so many entrepreneurs that neglected their IP assets until it was too late!
Logic: In Florida, where attorneys can become board certified experts in intellectual property law, there are only 140 lawyers listed on the Florida bar website as certified IP lawyers, as of this writing. Now, you don't have to be Florida Bar certified to represent clients in trademark, patent, copyright and trade secret matters. However, failure to become board certified could mean that an attorney is not qualified or has specialized in only one specific aspect of IP law, trademark, patent or copyright, without a deep understanding of the other important aspects of IP law that is necessary to be certified as an IP attorney. Maybe that's OK, if the attorney is working for a big corporation, with its own internal IP counsel, but it just doesn't work for small businesses. There are more than one million small businesses in Florida and nearly half a million have employees. That's more than 10,000 small businesses per Florida Bar certified IP attorney. Clearly, many small businesses are going without bar certified IP counsel.
What does this mean to you?
There are more than 100,000 lawyers registered with the Florida bar. Less than 0.2% of lawyers in Florida are board certified intellectual property attorneys. I've been a board certified attorney since Florida created the certification for IP law. If you are going to get advise about your small business' most valuable asset in Florida, shouldn't your IP counsel be a Florida Bar certified IP attorney? It's impossible for 140 bar certified IP lawyers to provide any meaningful service to more than a million small businesses. Even the 444,066 of those Florida small businesses have employees as of the date this was written won't be able to consult with a Florida Bar certified IP attorney. So, I'm confident that many of you are going without critical advice from Florida Bar certified IP counsel that you need to own, protect and grow the value of your company's IP.
The shortage of highly qualified IP attorneys that understand all aspects of building a robust IP portfolio means that experienced, qualified IP attorneys can charge clients $400 / hour and up for IP legal services. Most will work with larger corporate clients. Most small businesses, and nearly all startups, can't afford to pay $2000 to retain a bar certified IP attorney. This means that small businesses are going without IP counsel or are settling for advice from attorneys that are perhaps less qualified in IP law. Neither of these options is acceptable. Entrepreneurs cannot afford to go without IP advice or with bad or partial IP advice.
Great intellectual property attorneys are rare and expensive. What are you to do?
That's why I created IPmasterclass. The step-by-step video tutorials are quick an easy to follow. You'll make rapid progress and do what is needed to master your IP without having to become an IP master, yourself. Just follow my practical training to implement your own customized IP best practices. You'll be glad you did!
Imagine being able to collaborate with others to achieve rapid sales growth without worrying about losing your the IP rights in your trade secret ideas, patentable inventions, copyrights, domain names, trademarks and trade dress. You don't even need to know what each of these areas of IP law do to successfully own all of the IP rights created for your business. IP masterclass is efficient with your time and money! You'll master your IP without having to become an IP master.
I want you to master your IP, without Becoming an IP master.
Just follow easy steps in own protect grow® tutorials to successfully own and build value in your IP portfolio. Imagine controlling your future. You can, but you need to master your IP first. Then, you can share your vision with others without undue fear of losing your IP rights.
Wisdom Is Important
Whether a first time small business owner or a serial entrepreneur, you could easily make the #1 mistake that I see when small business owners come to me for help ... neglecting intellectual property (IP). We are in an age of innovation, which means that the value of successful companies depends on its intangible assets, much more than on tangible assets. Brick and mortar is dying, unless brick and mortar also embraces innovation. IP law is constantly changing, and what was true five years ago may not make sense today.
In this age of innovation, the pace of change, itself, is increasing. IP is your company's most valuable asset, or it could be. Nearly 80% percent of the valuation of companies in the S&P 500 is tied to intangibles, like IP, while only about 20% is attributable to tangible assets. Historically, just thirty years ago, the opposite was true, 20% was tied to intangibles, while 80% was attributable to tangible assets.
So, why make the #1 mistake of small businessesby neglecting what could become 80% of the value of your company, your IP, if you are successful?
Why Is Lacking Ownership a Problem?
Not owning your IP could be a big problem, especially when your company becomes successful. People come out of the woodwork that you might not have heard from in years, when your business finally takes off. Don't let this happen to you!
What You Can Do Right Now!
IP masterclass only takes about 1 hour per week for you to OWN your IP! I am still developing the training. So, you benefit from an extraordinary low price of only $9 per month and I'll be responding to your feedback by updating training.
Have your domain names been registered by third parties or employees? Who "owns" them then? If you don't have an agreement, it's not you! Not your company!
Are your copyrights in works of authorship owned by employees, contractors or vendors? You'd better know before asking investors for cash!
Are your trademarks improperly held in an owner's name or, worse, a third party's name? This could make your trademarks invalid or unenforceable!
Are your trade secrets left unprotected, vulnerable? Employees and independent contractors could walk out and compete with you unfairly.
Are patent rights in important inventions being lost to employees or contractors? Your company doesn't own patents unless you have a written assignment.
Don't take the risk of doing nothing!
IP masterclass will help you master your IP in about one hour per week starting at just $9 per month.*
You have no excuse, right?
That's why I created IP masterclass and the own protect grow® program. No excuses. Imagine having your IP protected and not having to worry about sharing your vision with investors, employees, contractors and even potential competitors. The right IP can help you protect your company's most valuable asset.
I've helped hundreds of startups and small businesses master their IP, one-on-one, and charged tens of thousands of dollars per client to do it. Most early stage ventures don't have the cash to invest thousands for a qualified IP attorney. The alternative to good advice is unacceptable.
Now, IP masterclass provides mastery of your IP at a fraction of the cost of legal fees.
IP masterclass is a new and better way to manage your IP portfolio.
When completing the entire own protect grow® process, you'll know exactly what you own, know how to protect your IP rights and have a plan for growing the value of your company's IP. Right now, IP masterclass provides for ownership, but you can help me to develop the instructional videos for protecting and growing your IP too. That's why I'm offering IP masterclass at just $9 per month. Video tutorials are great, but it is a different type of instruction than one-on-one counseling or even in person one-to-many instruction. So, help me make IP masterclass better by signing up today while the low price is available.
Implementing own protect grow® allows you to take one step at a time, whether you choose "concierge service" or save even more money and do it yourself. Either way, you'll master your IP and control your own future. For a limited time, we are offering a "concierge service" to help you manage your IP portfolio, while the remainder of the online video tutorials are created and improved. If you are very serious about growing the value of your IP, IP masterclass is offering an exclusive membership group for a low annual flat fee, which will provide direct contact with Chris Paradies, the creator of IP masterclass. Up to 4 hours each week, he will answer questions posted to the group by short messages, video or livestream events. This is the least expensive way to access advice from Chris, a Florida Bar certified IP attorney and U.S. Reg. Patent Attorney. The number of slots in this members only group will be limited. So, sign up now!
Chris Paradies is a co.Starters facilitator, helping new startups in Tampa Bay.
Chris graduated from West Point.
PEACE OF MIND IN AN IP WORLD
The experts are right to say that the "new" economy is an innovation economy, and an innovation economy is IP-centric. It's your ideas and how you implement those ideas that matters.
But, to get anything done, you have to share ideas and disclose your secrets and vision with others. How can you do this without risk of losing everything to some unscrupulous investor, employee, vendor or even a competitor? Intellectual property, or "IP", is the only way to protect your company's most valuable asset against unfair competition and cheap knock-offs.
IP masterclass will help you build value and create equity in your company. own protect grow® provides peace of mind that comes from knowing that you've done what it takes to protect your most valuable asset.
IP masterclass is not a training course or information session that overloads you with information. As a West Point grad and army veteran, I learned training must be hands on and applied to be useful, and I've become a recognized trainer and certified coStarters facilitator specializing in helping entreprenuers like you. This is what distinguishes IP masterclass from any other online source of IP knowledge.
Too much online content is geared solely toward funneling new clients to pay exorbitant legal fees for assistance from "leveraged" young associates working to make seasoned IP partners wealthy. This big law firm model doesn't work for startups!
Now, IP masterclass provides a new way! Each masterclass module, takes you step by step through my own protect grow® process. You'll learn what needs to be done and why and immediately implement your IP strategy by following step-by-easy-step tutorials using IP masterclass templates.
Upon completion of a module, you'll have your trademark search done or a custom agreement created for your company, a concrete step that builds value in your IP portfolio and creates wealth.
By simply following my own protect grow® tutorials, you'll master your IP, without having to be an IP master, yourself.
I'll be creating additional courses as you all let me know what you want and need. Need to register your IP rights or need a standard operating procedure that uses best practices to maximize the value of your company's IP? Thinking about retiring or selling your company? You'll be interested in my follow-on courses offered under the IP masterclass umbrella.
Additional fees and costs may be required for state and federal registrations. Modules for State trademarkregistrations are limited to Florida.
"Chris is simply the best!"
-- Krista Hakes Covey, SmartStart, Pasco County
What is the cost?
The IP master class starts at just $9 per month*, allowing you to own your IP in just about 1 hour per week.
For a limited time, you can sign up for this super low price, because I am looking for feedback from you on what you want to see in the IP masterclass!
own protect grow®
Step #1: Own your IP. Create and use your customized agreements to own the IP created for your business.
Step #2: Protect your IP. Register your IP or ask for "concierge service" to help you register your IP.
Step #3: Grow the value of your company. Use best practices to maximize the value of your IP and keep track of important deadlines .
NO LONG TERM COMMITMENTS
There is no long term commitment. Cancel at any time online.
I've seen how doing the wrong thing can destroy a business, and I've seen how doing it right can pay off during an asset sale!
Every company is different, and your results may not be the same as others.
I've seen IP assets, alone, without much ongoing revenue, provide seven figure paydays for innovative technology that solves an important problem for customers.
I've also seen companies close their doors, avoidably, if only IP wan't neglected. You will conduct your own trademark search and learn how to avoid infringing IP rights of competitors. That's the first step to owning your own distinctive brand.
You have options, but ignoring your IP isn't a reasonable option.
"I have seen Chris in action, and his teaching is masterful!" -- Dino Eliadis, DE, inc.
What do I get for $9 per month?
Do you want the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you've done what it takes to own your IP?
You'll conduct trademark knock-out searches to find a distinctive trademarks or service marks that won't get you sued and can grow in value. You'll make sure that your brand is properly owned and controlled by your company.
You'll create and use your own, custom Work Made For Hire agreement. Own the copyrights in all of the works of authorship you create and those created for you by others. Learn what copyright protects and what it's good for.
You'll create and use your own, custom Confidentiality and IP agreement. You'll create a one-page nondisclosure and IP agreement to protect domain names, trade secrets, inventions and discoveries from misappropriation.
You'll conduct your own patent searches to find out if someone else has a patent or pending application on your invention.
What Types of Training Will IP masterclass provide in the future?
Don't have a limited liability company or corporation? Learn how to set one up (in Florida). Then, create all of your IP rights in the name of your corporation or limited liability company.
Want to know how to create your brand? I provided this training in person to small groups, but I haven't created an online tutorial yet. You'll not only learn what a brand is and how to create one. By following step by step instructions, you'll create a distinctive brand that will be yours and yours alone.
I'll provide a follow-on course to register trademarks to protect your distinctive brands from misuse, misappropriation, cybersquatting and tarnishment.
I will be providing a follow-on course for you to register copyrights in your copyrighted works of authorship and those created for you under your work made for hire agreements. Find out how copyrights can be a good defense against competitors knocking off your websites, and how you can to take down a competitor's infringing website or video if you register your copyrights.
Decide whether to protect your inventions, discoveries and ideas as trade secrets or under patent law. What is a trade secret, and how do you protect it? What should be patented? When should you file an application for a patent? How can you prepare an invention disclosure document that will make it easier to file a patent application, if you need to protect an invention under patent law. An invention disclosure document might be filed as a provisional patent application by your patent counsel, under some circumstances, and I'll walk you step by step through an invention review process to determine what inventions and ideas should be patented, kept as trade secrets or defensively published.
Learn how domain names may be related to trademarks, and how you need to protect your domains from loss or theft. Take specific steps to control your domains, even if a consultant or independent contractor has access to your domains. Later, I'll provide a course for you to make sure that you control and use your domain names to maximize the value of your IP, and you'll take practical steps to safeguard domain names from misappropriation.
IP masterclass prioritizes your limited time and money. First, you'll collect information and take action to create and own your IP. As you progress, you'll create customized agreements that you need to own the IP created for your company by others. I'll create additional courses for you to protect your IP and implement IP best practices to grow the value of your company. That's why I'm only charging $9 per month* for a limited time.
"Your presentation was excellent. Very valuable, practical information -- and fun too." -- John Pfanstiehl
If you live or work in Florida, I would be happy to help you, one-on-one, through my law firm, Paradies law. (See disclaimer.*)
Live outside of Florida? I might be able to make a referral to an IP attorney located in your state.
As an experienced, Florida Bar certified intellectual property attorney and U.S. registered patent attorney, I've helped hundreds of companies to own, protect and grow their IP, over the years.
This is a great alternative, but be prepared to spend tens of thousands of dollars. You'll hire me to work with your company one on one, as your intellectual property counsel.
I've spent decades learning what I know, both technical and legal, and my fair flat fees reflect my extensive expertise, education, training and experience.
*DISCLAIMER: IP masterclass is affordable, because Paradies IP Solutions LLC is not a law firm and does not provide legal services. Instead, IP masterclass gives you what you need to master your IP, yourself, step by step, in easy to follow weekly modules for just $9 per month.
Instant Access Pass
Want instant access to everything IP masterclass offers from day 1?
Pay for the "instant access" pass, a flat fee of just $175.
While I don't recommend binge watching modules, because modules work best when you take action immediately following each module. I frequently have requests for unlimited, immediate access. The "instant access" pass is provided for you entrepreneurs that want to get it done now!
Need more help? We've got you covered. If you are serious about building your IP portfolio, fast, you will want to pay for our "concierge service". For an annual fee of just $2750*, you'll get the services of an intellectual property paralegal** to keep track of your IP and get access to an exclusive IP masterclass social media group***. I'm trying to give access to great intellectual property advice at a price that every small business can afford. These services will be limited to the first applicants that apply. So apply now.
Concierge Service means you'll have limited access to me, an experienced IP counsel and patent attorney, to answer your questions. I'll make myself available about 4 hours per week, at a scheduled time, to answer questions in a group by chat, livestream or recorded video. We'll try different ways to answer your questions based on your feedback.
This group does more than merely supplement the modules. I'll answer selected questions and guide you in mastering your IP. I'll be available to answer your specific questions if time allows.
"Concierge service" is only for you entrepreneurs very serious about maximizing the value of your IP. Seats are limited.
*PRICES AND"CONCIERGE SERVICE" IS FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY. SERVICES OFFERED AND PRICE MAY CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE -- LIMITED AVAILABILITY -- LIMITATIONS APPLY -- LIMITATIONS ON LIABILITY APPLY.
**VIRTUAL IN-HOUSE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PARALEGAL SERVICES INCLUDE DOCKETING, REMINDERS AND COORDINATION WITH IP COUNSEL, ASSISTANCE WITH PREPARATION OF TRADEMARK APPLICATIONS UNDER YOUR DIRECTION AND CONTROL, AND MANAGING YOUR IP PORTFOLIO DEADLINES AND REMINDERS (UP TO 5 TRADEMARKS, 2 PATENTS AND 5 COPYRIGHTED WORKS OF AUTHORSHIP). MANAGING FOREIGN PATENT FILINGS IS NOT COVERED BY THIS FEE AND WILL INCUR ADDITIONAL FEES AND COSTS IF NEEDED. DOMESTIC IP FILINGS ARE REQUIRED TO BE PREPARED AND SIGNED BY AN AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OF THE COMPANY OR COMPETENT COUNSEL AUTHORIZED TO PRACTICE BEFORE THE USPTO.
***QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS IN THE CLOSED IP MASTERCLASS GROUP MAY NOT BE ENTITLED TO ATTORNEY CLIENT PRIVILEGE OR MAY WAIVE ATTORNEY CLIENT PRIVILEGE. BY PARTICIPATING IN THE IP MASTERCLASS GROUP YOU AGREE TO HOLD ALL GROUP MESSAGES IN CONFIDENCE AND NOT TO DISCLOSE OTHERS' QUESTIONS OR ANSWERS RECEIVED OUTSIDE OF THE IP MASTERCLASS GROUP. MUCH OF THE VALUE OF THE IP MASTERCLASS GROUP IS IN THE INTERACTION BETWEEN GROUP MEMBERS.
You can try to find what you need online, but you get what you pay for. Bad advice can be worse than no advice at all. A false sense of security can lull you into complacency.
MYTH #2: THERE IS A CHEAP ALTERNATIVE
One entrepreneur said he was told that he could safeguard his rights by mailing a letter to himself. He called it a poor man's patent. WRONG!
Advice like this is worse than useless, because it might have prevented him from doing the right thing to own his company's copyrights, trade secrets and patentable inventions.
Knowing what to do and how to do it isn't simple when it comes to IP. IP is a minefield for small businesses and first time entrepreneurs.
MYTH #3: WAIT UNTIL I RECEIVE AN INFRINGEMENT LETTER.
WRONG! I've seen lawsuits that could have been avoided, easily if an entrepreneur had asked advice from IP counsel, BUT ENDED UP COSTING 10's OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS. This isn't rare either. It's common for startups to get into trouble with bigger brands just when the startup is getting traction in the marketplace. The costs don't stop even after stopping the activities that caused the bigger brand to sue.
Starting at just $9.00 per month*, why would you rely on unreliable free information on the Internet or from people that don't have experience helping entrepreneurs with their IP?
One very popular option is to do nothing and wait until your company can "afford" IP counsel. Bad idea!
If you don't own your IP, then somebody else does! It can be very expensive to fix this down the road after your company is generating revenue.
How much is it going to cost you later to buy your IP back, if you can?
How much will it cost to rebrand, recreate new content or redesign your website and/or rewrite your software?
What are you going to do, when your distributor registers your trademark in its name? Do you think that might cause a problem when you terminate your distributor's contract for cause?
If you do nothing, then the chances of your company actually owning its IP is zero, zip, nada! You've got to take action to own your IP.
And why wouldn't you when you can do it starting at $9 per month?
Another path that can lead to disaster is to rely on advice from an attorney that spends only a little time filing trademarks -- in between real estate closings, tax advice, corporate securities work or setting up trusts.
Also, beware the young attorney that professes to be a trademark attorney but has little or no practical experience. You'll find many self-proclaimed IP "experts" online and on social media. Beware! Check carefully!
How many years of IP law experience does this "expert" have? What state or states is the person admitted to practice law? Is the "expert" certified by a state bar in intellectual property?
Sometimes, if you're lucky, advice from a general practitioner or so-called "expert" might be better than doing nothing. Other times, not so much.
So, in the words of Harry Callihan, "do ya feel lucky?" (References Clint Eastwood's character in "Dirty Harry", a dark crime film from back in the 70's.)
Why rely on luck when IP masterclass starts at $9 per month.
Then, there is the do-it-yourselfer (DYI'er). Well intentioned and seeing no affordable alternatives, the DYI'er sets out to learn and do everything needed to own, protect and grow the value of his or her IP on his or her own.
It takes an IP attorney many years to become good at his or her job, under supervision of a seasoned IP counsel, and working full time in a field of law as complex as the schematics for an aircraft engine.
Needless to say, the DYI'er is going to spend countless hours only to learn his or her mistakes the hard way, through painful personal experience.
Why do it yourself, when IP masterclass starts at only $9 per month.
INVENTION PROMOTION COMPANY
There are scammers out there looking to part eager inventors from their money. Every invention is a great idea, they'll say.
Invention promotion firms go by many names and may change names frequently. If any company claims to have a way of licensing your invention to a list of companies ready to pay you for your idea, it's likely a scam.
Beware if you see an ad like this...
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO SUCCEED. We’ve got you covered. From friendly and helpful support, fast patent application process, high quality prototype designs to a huge network of companies eager to pay royalties for new inventions.
Here's a typical review:
They promised me the world, and told me what a great invention i had. They are nothing but a bunch of thieves!!! Remember they are there to take your money, so no invention will be bad to them. BEWARE!!!!
These ads are selling a fantasy. There are no companies "...eager to pay royalties for new inventions." This is the hook, and an eager inventor is the fish.
Starting a business or selling a new product takes hard work, money and time for marketing and perseverance to succeed.
Don't be fooled. Nobody is looking to give you anything. If anything, they are just looking to part you from your money. Invention promotion companies make millions from inventors' fees while delivering boilerplate and promises to the vast majority of inventors.
IP masterclass starting at $9 per month is a small price to pay to avoid being scammed by invention promotion grifters. If your business or product idea has merit. Start a company and prove it! Then, you can find someone to buy your company or pay you a royalty - not before.
IP master class
All the benefits of the IP Master Class are yours: the peace of mind, the knowledge gained, the value added to your company by owning, protecting and growing the value of your IP.
- OWN -- Using your custom agreements, created by you, your company will own its IP.
- PROTECT -- Take action to register copyrights and trademarks and prepare invention disclosures.
- GROW -- Create value in your business using IP best practices.
If you master your IP, then you control your future. You can recruit the best employees and engage the brightest consultants and vendors without undue fear of losing exclusive rights to the IP created for your business.
If you don't own your IP, then somebody else does! -- Chris Paradies
"Chris gives so much to entrepreneurs without thinking of himself."
-- Tonya Elmore, Tampa Bay Innovation Center
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