Discover what the differences are between the four types of IP: patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. Learn what each form of IP protects, how protection is granted, and how long protection lasts. Find out how IP helps you create a distinct competitive advantage over rivals, and how to determine when you should formally protect a piece of intellectual property and the best way to do it.
Stacy Smith, Esq. joined PVCC fall 2017 as a full-time professor and has taught at the college level since 2011. Professor Smith is a licensed attorney in both Washington State and in Arizona. Her practice focuses on business law, providing training to for-profit and non-profit start-up ventures as well as existing businesses in a number of entrepreneurial and growth areas, including business planning and business creation, financial planning, feasibility studies, legal issues, intellectual property, market research, crowdfunding, and raising capital. She also provides individual business coaching, where she works with clients to customize a plan of action to help them start and grow their business idea from concept to reality. While living in Seattle, Washington, Professor Smith worked with Microsoft, Corp., Amazon.com, the Washington State Supreme Court, and multiple nonprofit organizations. She grew up in Arizona and is glad to be back with family and friends.
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