#1 MISTAKE OF FIRST-TIME ENTREPRENEURS
I work with small business owners as a Florida Bar Certified IP attorney, a U.S. registered patent attorney, a mentor and a co.Starters facilitator. I've advised hundreds of entrepreneurs. Whether you're a first time small business owner or an experienced entrepreneur, you could easily make the #1 mistake that I see when small business owners come to me for help ... neglecting your intellectual property (IP). In this age of innovation, your IP is the most valuable asset of every company and especially for innovative small businesses.
#1 THING THAT YOU NEED TO DO NOW!
The one thing that you need to do, right now, is to make sure that you actually OWN all of the IP being created for your business.
Their is no default ownership of IP. If you don't take action, your company won't own its most valuable asset! If you don't own it, then someone else does! That could mean disaster.
Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook found out the hard way that undocumented IP will cost you! Too many small businesses have faced lawsuits over IP. These lawsuits can cost anywhere from tens of thousands of dollars to millions to litigate. Neglecting IP could mean closing the doors on a valuable venture that you've spent years growing!
IP ownership is serious, and IP masterclass will go step by step to make sure that you own your IP starting at just $9 per month.*
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What is IP masterclass?
My vision is to help you master your IP, without you having to become an IP master, at a price you can afford.
Could you build a clock without knowing how the pieces fit together? IP has many different pieces that can fit together like clockworks to create and build value in your company.
I've been helping companies for almost two decades, and I've seen way too many entrepreneurs pay a heavy price for waiting too long to seek help. What is the #1 reason for waiting? The cost of legal counsel! That's why I have distilled down what all startups need to do into IPmasterclass' own protect grow® tutorials and templates.
Starting at just $9 per month* you'll get access to IP masterclass and own your company's IP by spending about 1 hour per week following the step-by-easy-step own protect grow® tutorials. You'll create customized agreements for your company using own protect grow® templates.
Complete the weekly tutorial to build your IP "clockworks". I won't waste your valuable time. If you complete each module when provided by the own protect grow® process, in a few weeks you'll own your brand, copyrights in works of authorship, trade secrets and more. I'll keep adding courses for protecting and growing the value of your IP too.
I want you to master your IP, without having to become an IP master. Just follow easy steps in own protect grow® tutorials to successfully own and build value in your IP portfolio.
MYTH #1: If I paid someone, then I own the IP
False! 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.
Let's say you pay a web developer to build a website, including content, logos, designs... Unless you hire this person as an employee working within the scope of his or her employment, you don't own the website's IP! Often, small businesses use contractors or employees are working outside the scope of their day-to-day employment when creating content, making discoveries or contributing to the conception of inventions. That's normal in any small business. That means most small businesses do NOT own the IP created for the company by others.
Too many times I've seen that exact scenario come back to haunt a startup, just as it gains traction and starts making real money. Cash flow at this point is the biggest problem faced by small businesses. When someone else owns the copyrights, the domain names, maybe even your brand itself. That can be a costly problem. Some startups in this position become toxic to investors. Few investors want to invest in a company with a ongoing dispute about who owns the IP.
Why not avoid headaches later by getting your IP right, right now? You can't afford not to sign up when IP masterclass starts at just $9 per month!*
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.
Founders, developers and even mentors get the idea that you should pay them for their past contributions, or worse, give them equity in your business.
Disputes from past contributors can hold you up just when looking for cash from investors that you need to manage your growing startups cash flow or when you are in merger talks or up for sale.
At best these disputes will leave money on the table, because your company won't be worth as much, if it doesn't have free and clear title to ALL of your IP! Shouldn't you be planning for success from the beginning?
The rule of thumb is the sooner you take care of any issues, the less it costs you. Starting right from the start only costs $9 per month* with IP masterclass.
I know you're busy.
I understand that urgent can overtake important!
But if you don't own your IP, someone else does! And that can mean big trouble! Big trouble that you can avoid for $9 and about an hour a week for a few weeks! IP masterclass is made for busy entrepreneurs like you that don't want to become IP masters and just need to master your IP without breaking your budget.
Imagine how it is going to feel knowing that you OWN the IP being created for your business by others. You'll be able to get help without worrying about losing IP rights to unscrupulous investors, volunteers, independent contractors and employees.
You won't be the small business owner working years to build a brand and just when it gets traction and becomes valuable... Boom! Someone files a lawsuit or holds you up trying to get a piece of the company you built.
Why take the risk when $9 per month* and about 1 hour per week can prevent this type calamity and other bad outcomes.
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?
Are patent rights in important inventions being lost to employees, vendors or contractors?
Don't take the risk.
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 my own protect grow® process. So, you have no excuse. Imagine having your IP protected and not having to worry about sharing your vision with investors, employees, contractors and even potential competitors.
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.
Now, IP masterclass provides an even better mastery of your IP at a fraction of the cost of paying my legal fees. IP masterclass is a new and better way to manage your IP portfolio.
When completing my 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.
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.
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 and protect your IP?
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? You'll not only learn what a brand is and how to create one, but following step by step instructions, you'll create a distinctive brand that will be yours and yours alone.
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.
I'll provide a follow-on course to register trademarks to protect your distinctive brands from misuse, misappropriation, cybersquatting and tarnishment.
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. Create your own, custom "Work Made for Hire" agreement and master its use. 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.
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.
Own inventions, discoveries and trade secrets created for your company. 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 conduct your own patent knock-out searches and how do you use knock-out searches to protect and grow the value of your company?
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 knock-out searches to determine if your inventions and ideas are already patented or pending patenting by someone else.
I'll prepare a follow-on course for you to prepare invention disclosure documents, which might be filed as a provisional patent application by your patent counsel, 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 and secrets to maximize the value of your company, and you'll take practical steps to safeguard domain names and trade secrets 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.
"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***.
That 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 the group by chat, live or recorded video.
This group does more than merely supplement the modules. I'll answer selected questions and guide you in mastering your IP.
"Concierge service" is only for you entrepreneurs very serious about maximizing the value of your IP. Seats are limited.
It is my experience that those of you that sign up for "concierge service" will get the most from IP masterclass and my own protect grow® process.
*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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