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Website attorney: Protecting your Internet goats

By September 22, 2010Internet Lawyer

website attorney trade dress goatAs a website attorney and entrepreneur, I find that you can learn from offline businesses too. There’s a Wisconsin restaurant that’s protected its unique selling proposition (USP)…and it isn’t the pickled herring you can order off the menu.

You eat at the restaurant so you can watch goats grazing on its grass-covered roof.

What the restaurant owner did to protect his USP was register the trade dress (the restaurant’s goats-on-a-roof theme) so that others can’t compete without paying a licensing fee to put goats on top of their restaurants.

And if someone tries to steal the concept without paying, the restaurant’s lawyers stop the infringement from occurring.

You’ve got your particular USP (cyber-goats?) that attracts visitors to your website. If you’re not protecting the intellectual property (trademarks, service marks, trade dress, copyrights, etc.), you’re giving away your edge to your competitors who will copy you. You can do this yourself (the hard way) or have your website attorney do the work for you.

Protect your website’s goats and profit by doing so.

To your online success!

-Mike the Website attorney

Mike Young, Esq.

Author Mike Young, Esq.

Mike Young has been practicing business and technology law since 1994 and is an angel investor in startups. He's been an entrepreneur since 1988. To get legal help from Attorney Young, click here now or call 214-546-4247 to schedule a phone consultation.

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