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Search For Companies By Name, Industry, Subject, or Location

Toll-Free # Lookup For Businesses (See If they Have One)
Also can call 1800-555-1212.

www.Switchboard.com

www.companiesonline.com

www.infospace.com


www.theultimates.com


Corporate Consumer Contacts (List Of Addresses & Links To Their Headquarters)
Must scroll down alphabetical list.

Information On US & International Companies
Find the company behind the brand name, where they're located, their financial info, their officers, subsidiaries, who they advertise with, what media they use, and more.

Thomas' Food Industry Register can tell a company's name, address and phone number, the products it produces and the government agencies that regulate both the products and the company itself.

Find The Company Behind Textile, Fur & Wool Products (RN Lookup)
A registered identification number or RN is a number issued by the Federal Trade Commission, upon request, to a business residing in the U.S. that is engaged in the manufacture, importing, distribution, or sale of textile, wool, or fur products. Such businesses are not required to have RNs. They may, however, use the RN in place of a name on the label or tag that is required to be affixed to these products
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Trademarks

General Info On Trademarks  International Trademarks
State Trademarks Internet Domain Names 
Federal Trademarks

 










 



 










 



 







General Information

Differences Between Patents, Trademarks & Copyrights
How to protect your name, invention or creative work.

Trademarks & Business Goodwill (SBA)

Avoiding Patent, Trademark & Copyright Problems (SBA)
Learn how to avoid infringing the rights of others and the importance of protecting your own rights.

Detecting When A Website Changes: The Past, The Present And The Future (Consumer-SOS)
Knowing what a defendant’s website looks like, past, present and future can be useful to show the company knew of the incident, acted in bad faith or never acted at all.  Changes could also show the defendant had knowledge of the patent, or that their idea, invention or policy “spontaneously developed” or was the result of a number of iterations.

Protecting Your Intellectual Property (Consumer-SOS)
Get free email alerts of possible infringement so you can stop others from using your research, trademark or invention. The free tools below will send you an email alert or at least give you a one-stop link to check for updates.


State

Please note that State trademarks offer nowhere near the same protection as Federally Registered Trademarks.

*State Trademarks In GA 
For information on state trademarks, Incorporations, filings, forms, etc.

Search For State Trademarks Held By Others (All 50 States)
State trademarks are often found at your Secretary of State's Office.  Usually this information can be found under "Trademarks" or "Trade names & Service marks."

Trademark laws in 28 states (must scroll down) 


Federal 

Basic Facts About Federal Trademarks

Federal Trademarks-Frequently Asked Questions

Search For Federal Trademarks Held By Others

Protecting Your Intellectual Property (Consumer-SOS)
Get free email alerts of possible infringement so you can stop others from using your research, trademark or invention. The free tools below will send you an email alert or at least give you a one-stop link to check for updates.

Search For Common Law Trademarks Within Domain Names
S
earch for word strings within a domain name. Domain
Surfer provides results for registered domains in the .com, .net, and
.org categories.  It does not return results for domain with "on-hold"
status.


International

Registering International Trademarks (Consumer-SOS)

Trademark Search In Other Countries
Search for and find out who own US, Canadian and European Trademarks.

Search For Common Law Trademarks Within Domain Names
S
earch for word strings within a domain name. Domain
Surfer provides results for registered domains in the .com, .net, and
.org categories.  It does not return results for domain with "on-hold"
status.



Internet

Domain Names & Trademark Law (Nolo.com)
Here's what website builders need to know about trademark law. 

Finding The Guy Who Owns That Domain Name.
To find the name and address of a domain name owner, you can use the WHOIS search service provided by NSI.

Simply enter the domain name and your search results will include a contact name, phone number, address and email address for the domain name's owner.

Protecting Your Intellectual Property (Consumer-SOS)
Get free email alerts of possible infringement so you can stop others from using your research, trademark or invention. The free tools below will send you an email alert or at least give you a one-stop link to check for updates.

Want a catchy domain name? Don't just see if it's available. See if it's unique! Use their search box to enter in the key words you want for your own web address and it will retrieve the existing domains most similar to yours. (exclude "the" "or" "and", etc.)  Use the + sign to add more words, or search only for domains that use your terms at the beginning or end of the URL.  Similar domain names could include near clone URLs where the only difference is a dash or a slight change in spelling. Or the exact URL plus the word "the". If your desired domain name is a dime a dozen, choose another one or rearrange your word order. Then search again until you're sure there's nothing that comes close! 

Is your domain trademarked? If so, use this site to contact others who may be infringing on your mark. For example: you may want to notify another website user if they are using the same or nearly the same mark as a brand name.  (Look for it being used not just as a URL but to identify their products or services.

For More See The Internet/Domain Names

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Trade Secrets

Protecting Your Trade Secrets (Nolo)

Georgia Non-Compete Agreements (Consumer-SOS)
Learn when they're void or enforceable.

Protecting Your Intellectual Property (Consumer-SOS)
Get free email alerts of possible infringement so you can stop others from using your research, trademark or invention. The free tools below will send you an email alert or at least give you a one-stop link to check for updates.

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Patents

Differences Between Patents, Trademarks & Copyrights
How to protect your name, invention or creative work.

Avoiding Patent, Trademark & Copyright Problems (SBA)
Learn how to avoid infringing the rights of others and the importance of protecting your own rights.

US Patent Database
Search for existing patents by the name of the owner, the patent number or patent description.

Protecting Your Intellectual Property (Consumer-SOS)
Get free email alerts of possible infringement so you can stop others from using your research, trademark or invention. The free tools below will send you an email alert or at least give you a one-stop link to check for updates.

This is a free database to track who's suing who, on what patents and in what fields of invention. Information includes the names of the plaintiff company, the name of the defendant company and a host of other useful information such as the names of the plaintiff and defendant's lawyers and the law firms they belong to. Use this to ferret out hidden connections, disqualify lawyers from representing cases based on conflicts, or simply to see who's owned a particular patent. Their free copy of the complaint shows where each plaintiff and defendant is incorporated. For more, see their Advanced Search Help.

Uses For The RPX Database:
  1. Search for Patent Cases filed against a particular defendant (includes cases against non RPX members) (Example: Says over 179 lawsuits filed against Cellco Partnership )

  1. Search by Patent to pull up Lawsuits, Companies That Have Owned The Patent or companies that have been sued on such  (nice to know if the patent has been in prior litigation, been transferred to other shell companies, and who's been sued for infringement.)

  2. Search By Law Firm for the clients they’ve represented in the past/are currently representing (may expose conflicts or possible joint defense alliances, real party in interest, etc.)

  1. Search by Attorney Name for who’ve they represented in the past. (tracks who has ties to what, use to ferret out hidden interests, possible joint defense alliances)

  1. Find Out Where the Party has Litigated, in what Market Sector, and in what Court (Shows that party is not new at this game and should be prepared, i.e. they can’t plead ignorance of Court rules, complain of the burden of complying with routine discovery or fail to provide proper metadata typical in these proceedings, etc.)

  1. Learn What Kind of Companies Are Suing (Labeled either Operating company or NPE-NPE stands for non-practicing entity)

  2. Locate Company's State of Incorporation (listed on the complaint)

Patents And Your Rights (Nolo Articles)

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Copyrights

Differences Between Patents, Trademarks & Copyrights
How to protect your name, invention or creative work.

The US Copyright Office
Search for copyrights or file your own. Also has frequently asked questions about copyrights.

The Educator's Guide To Copyright & Fair Use

Avoiding Patent, Trademark & Copyright Problems (SBA)
Learn how to avoid infringing the rights of others and the importance of protecting your own rights.

Protecting Your Intellectual Property (Consumer-SOS)
Get free email alerts of possible infringement so you can stop others from using your research, trademark or invention. The free tools below will send you an email alert or at least give you a one-stop link to check for updates.

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Other

General Forms For All Occasions (The 'Lectric Law Library)
Scroll down their forms page for forms on general business matters, living wills, power of attorney, promissory notes, employment and contracting.

Small Business-Find Answers To Many Of Today's
Most Common Legal Problems

Learn about: Avoiding Litigation, Preventing Wrongful Discharge Suits, Financing a Business, Firing an Employee, Forming a Partnership or Corporation, Hiring an Employee, IRS Audits, Debt Collection, Starting a Business, Tax Returns and more.

Online Brochures On Over 100 Business Issues (SBA)

Other Intellectual Property Links
(With Descriptions)

Find The SBA Office Nearest You (All 50 States & DC)

Protecting Your Intellectual Property (Consumer-SOS)
Get free email alerts of possible infringement so you can stop others from using your research, trademark or invention. The free tools below will send you an email alert or at least give you a one-stop link to check for updates.

Find Your Secretary Of State (All 50 States)
Your Secretary Of State often has information on corporations & incorporating, state trademarks and licensing boards.

Brand Name Lookup (Ad Redbook Homepage)
At the mid-top of the page click on brand name lookup and find the company behind the product. Then call 1800-555-1212 for the company's toll free #

Thomas' Food Industry Register can tell a company's name, address and phone number, the products it produces and the government agencies that regulate both the products and the company itself.

Information On US & International Companies
Find the company behind the brand name, where they're located, their financial info, their officers, subsidiaries, who they advertise with, what media they use, and more. Refers you to a library-May have to buy or reserve the book.

For More Resources & Great Tips, Check Out  Nolo.com

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How to Spot Infringers of Your Trademark, Copyright or Patent
Learn how to monitor the Internet, for past, present and future infringement.  With the free websites below you can capture information from the past, preserve information from the present and receive instant email alerts whenever there’s new infringement.

 

Email alerts may indicate if your work has been copied, or if someone is infringing on your trademark or patent.  Also track the changes made to your competitor’s website, or see if a competing trademark application is now ripe for opposition.
 

Index of Ways to Monitor IP and Capture Evidence of Infringement:

·         Has Your Work Been Copied?
Sites that detect plagarism.

·         Were Your Emails Hacked?
Free alerts on current email accounts so you'll know if they're compromised.

·         Monitor For Potential Trademark Infringement
Free alerts. Scope out websites too similar to your own and receive key word alerts.

·         Monitor For Potential Patent Infringement
Free alerts. Keep tabs on certain inventors or when similar patents are published for opposition.

·         Capture Videos That May Infringe Your Copyright, Trademark Or Patent
Learn how to grab them from a website that doesn't want you to.

·         Track Changes Made To Your Competitor's Website-Past, Present  & Future
Free alerts.

·         Track The Buying, Selling Or Transfer of Domain Names Similar To Your Trademark
Free alerts.

·         See When Your Key Words Appear In Google, Yahoo, Twitter, Facebook, or on Your Competitor's Website
Free alerts.

·         YouTube Alerts When Someone Posts Your Video or Is Using Your Brand Name
Free alerts.


How To Find Out If Your Work Has Been Copied

Every teacher knows there are plenty of free online resources to detect copying.  Use the links below to find those websites which may be illegally copying your content and warn them to remove it.  Also learn if someone has posted your song or video on YouTube with free
YouTube Alerts.  Then track the changes to their websites to confirm they’ve complied.

You may also need to demonstrate that you were the first to create, use or invent your IP.  Use
Google or Bing’s cache function or the Wayback Machine to track changes made to your competitor's website.  This can show they copied from you and not the reverse.  You can also discover exactly when their website was created by doing a WHOIS lookup on their web address.  For example: through WHOIS, you can show their website was from 1999 while your copyright was from 1994.  WHOIS will also often have the information you need to reach the website owner or administrator.

Find Their Websites & Domain Names Through Their Name, Company Name, Email or Username (Click Here for Backup Site)
Their websites may show they've copied your work, stole customer lists, appropriated your product or invention or that your ex employees are competing against you.
Once you get a list of sites, do a Whosis lookup to find their emails, mailing addresses and phone #s. For Best Results: Search by all 4 if you have this info. An email address may turn up sites not listed under their business, and vice versa.

To background a potential infringer or find their contact information, click here.

Free Links That Detect Online Copying

Copyscape
Enter in each page of the website that you want to monitor for copying.  The site will return the top ten websites that have the exact same content along with a percentage of what could have been copied.  If no matches are found, all the better.

Other Sites To Detect Copying

Google Images (Reverse Image Lookup)
Go to where the image is on line, right click and copy image location. Then in Google Image click on the camera icon and paste the image link in the box. This can return other websites with the same image. Or it can show links to other websites that once had this image. See also Reverse Image Search


Anti-Plagiarism Software Pros and Cons

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How To Monitor For Potential Trademark Infringement
To find people who may be using the same or confusingly similar trademark, set up free email alerts to see if others are using the same or similar brand name.  Obviously you'll want to warn them of possible infringement.  Once you find the offending website, you can monitor their compliance to your take down request by tracking if they've made the necessary changes.  An email alert will be sent to you whenever they alter their webpage.  If you get no email alerts, they’re probably not listening.  At that point it may be time to send a harsh follow up letter or get attorneys involved.

Also, you'll want to monitor domain names and get free email alerts on the buying, selling or transfer of domain names similar to your trademark.  Domain names are not trademarks in themselves.  However, domain names can infringe trademarks whenever such are used to identify someone's goods or services.  If you find a website under construction with a similar domain name, you’ll definitely want to monitor it, to see if they later begin using it as a trademark.

Once you find a term similar or identical to your trademark, search the USPTO to see if someone has filed a federal trademark application.  If you find they've filed for a federal trademark, write down the serial number and then track the filing to see if it's been approved or rejected (Free Email Alerts based on TM serial #).  If you get an email alert that the trademark is ready to be approved, you'll have 30 days or less to oppose the registration.

Email Alerts on USPTO Filings
Learn by email when a trademark filing of your competitor has been approved or rejected.  This site tracks pending trademarks (your own or others) by TM serial #.  Just sign up at this free account and create an alert. (Go to case tracking tab, and add a new case, and then enter in trademark serial number that you got on USPTO.gov).

Brand Protection: Find People Who Named Their Website Too Close To Yours Or Choose A Distinctive Domain Name Like No One Else's  (Good to acquire IP, or protect it From TM Infringement)
Type in the key terms of your domain name, example: for the domain name anyguy.com you would type in any guy. Then check out all existing websites that are similar. Visit them to see if they're using their domain name like a trademark (is it used in big type or to advertize their products or services? Or is it simply their URL?).
Site returns a list of who owns these domains along with their partial email addresses.

To contact the owner, Google their name along with the partial email address up through the @ sign. Or do a reverse lookup on their web address.

Find Their Websites & Domain Names Through Their Name, Company Name, Email or Username (Click Here for Backup Site)
Their websites may show they're using your trademark, stole customer lists, appropriated your product or invention or that your ex employees are competing against you.
Once you get a list of sites, do a Whosis lookup to find their emails, mailing addresses and phone #s. For Best Results: Search by all 4 if you have this info. An email address may turn up sites not listed under their business, and vice versa.

To background a potential infringer or find their contact information, click here.

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Get Free Email Alerts if Key Words Appear in Google, Facebook, or on Your Competitor's Website
One way to track infringing activity is through
Google Alerts.  With Google Alerts, new online activities will be sent to you in an email.  Just set up an alert with the client’s name, or a few key words, or the name of their website. (For common names you may have to refine your alert so you don’t get flooded with emails).

For example: Say your competitor owned the website www.webmd.com.  If you made a Google Alert with www.webmd.com Actos, you should get an alert whenever WebMD adds a new section or article on Actos.  You can also make an email alert with your subject’s first and last name to receive alerts whenever Google finds their name in new blogs, news articles, Facebook or other websites.

For more on using Google Alerts, click
here.  Also, be sure to make some test alerts so you can refine what you’re looking for.  For example: try using your own name, or the name of your company with a few key terms likely to trigger an alert.  Then when you change your website, see what alerts you get, if any.  

See also:

Twitter Alerts (TweetBeep)

YouTube Alerts

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YouTube Alerts (Free)
Learn if someone has posted a video on Youtube with a description showing they've copied or infringed your intellectual property.

http://www.video-alerts.com/
Their free service allows tracking of up to 10 keywords, and updates once per day. Stay updated about your industry, market and competition and learn when someone reviews your product, or just mentions it in his video. (I tested this one and it works!)

http://www.alertpedia.com/video.php
Seems there’s no limit on the alerts you can make. Also has a special section where you can manager and alter your alerts.

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Free Email Alerts on The Buying, Selling or Transfer of Domain Names Similar To Your Trademark
Whether you want to buy the name yourself or monitor if someone else is using your trademark, these sites can help you discover if a domain has been bought or sold, is about to expire, and who it now belongs to. (Also good to keep track of when your own domain names need to be renewed.)

Domain Name Alerts and Notifications (Free)
Get an email alert for many different status changes, such as when a domain becomes registered, when it drops and becomes available, when it's renewed, or even when the WHOIS registrant info changes.

Online Domain Monitor (Free)
Email alerts when there’s changes of the domain's status, changes in its availability or validity, changes in the domain's registrar or name server.

Domain Monitor Free Sign In Page To Monitor up to 100 Domain Names (No Longer Free)
Domain Monitor lets you keep a watchful eye on your domains...or anyone else's.  Expiration dates, status changes—just enter the domain names you want to monitor and they’ll notify you about crucial changes to any domain name's Whois record on an ongoing basis.

Police Domain Names Too Close To Your Own (No Email Alerts-Must Do Manual Searches)
Use this site to contact others who may be potential trademark infringers. For example: you may want to notify another website user if you see they are using the same or nearly the same mark as a brand name.  (Look for it being used not just as a URL but to identify their products or services.)

Enter in their search box the key words from your own web address and it will retrieve the existing domains most similar to yours. (exclude "the" "or" "and", etc.) Filter using the + sign to add more words, or search only for domains that use your terms at the beginning or end of the URL.  Similar domain names could include near clone URLs where the only difference is a dash or a slight change in spelling. Or the exact URL plus the word "the".

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How To Monitor For Potential Patent Infringement
Patent infringement is much harder to monitor than copyright or trademark infringement. The obvious reason is that there’s no set vocabulary to describe a patent.  This makes a key word search more challenging.  Also, it’s not always clear from a website if they are actually infringing.  However, you can sign up for free email alerts to see if terms describing your patent or patented process appear in Google or on your competitor's website. In addition, you can search the USPTO Patent Application Alert System for applications on the verge of becoming patents.

If you find a website that seems to be infringing, you can track changes to this website from the past to the present and receive alerts if future changes are made to it.  You can also get free updates on new patent filings from your client, competitor or company employees and even download company videos that show infringement.

Find Their Websites & Domain Names Through Their Name, Company Name, Email or Username (Click Here for Backup Site)
Their websites may show they've appropriated your product or invention or that your ex employees are competing against you. Once you get a list of sites, do a Whosis lookup to find their emails, mailing addresses and phone #s. For Best Results: Search by all 4 if you have this info. An email address may turn up sites not listed under their business, and vice versa.

If you want to background a potential infringer or find their contact information, click here.

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Get Free Updates On New Patent Filings from Your Client, Competitor or Company Employees

Patent Application Alert Service
(PAAS Log in Page)
Free service with USPTO that sends out email alerts when patent applications are about to become patents. Get alerts whenever there's an application with a particular owner, inventor or assignee. Or set up an alert based on a few words in the patent description field. You can do both by adding another search layer, and then entering key terms. For example: you can get alerts for all patents owned or assigned by Apple and then add another level with also searches for the term "speech" or "voice recognition".

FreePatentsOnline-Alerts
Unlike, PAAS, which currently won't give alerts for prior art, this free service does. But you can't get alerts unless you do their free sign up. Freepatentsonline pulls up newly issued patents, i.e. those just granted. Because the patents have already issued, you can see more and search more than with patent applications.  For example: Set up an alert for Apple Patents but then do another alert for Apple patents that cite your inventor in their prior art. Result: You can see which patents should have cited your inventor and didn't.  And if they did cite your art, you can fight an invalidity challenge in court or at an IPR hearing by showing how your patent is similar to others newly issued and that your patent is therefore also valid.

Useful Applications

     Free Patent Alert Services-Describes Fresh Patent and Patent Alert

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Tracking When A Website Changes: The Past, The Present And The Future
Knowing what a defendant’s website looks like, past, present and future can be useful to show the company knew of the incident, acted in bad faith or never acted at all.  Changes could also show the defendant had knowledge of your patent, or that their idea, invention or policy, spontaneously developed from nowhere, or was the result of a number of iterations.

For The Present Version of a Website
Simply go to the website and print each page into a PDF.  Then save it to your hard drive.  If you don’t have the software to print to pdfs,
pdf 995 is a free program that allows you to convert web pages and other documents to a pdf file.

For Past Versions of a Website
Use The Way Back Machine to see how the site looked at a specific date or how it developed over the years; or search for the website on Google or Bing and then use the Google or Bing cache function to see how the site looked just a few months/weeks ago.

To Get New Versions of a Website You Are Tracking (receive emails showing the exact changes, cross outs, additions, etc.)

Sign up for
ChangeDetection.com.  It’s free and you can list multiple links and map out a whole website to see if anything was added or removed to those webpages.  If text has been changed, you’ll receive an email with the cross outs and additions.  You can also detect changes by making Google Alerts to learn if your target website is adding new terms or new products, etc.  For example: If you made a Google Alert with www.webmd.com cancer, you should receive an alert whenever WebMD adds a new section or article on cancer.

For more on using Google Alerts, click here.

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Capture Videos That May Infringe Your Copyright, Trademark or Patent
Sometimes a website will have a video which can be used as proof they’ve infringed your intellectual property.  To save this video, move your mouse over the video, right click and see if you can select “Save As.”  This is the easiest way but it often won’t work.  Many companies have no interest in letting you download their videos.  However, they do have an interest in advertising.  So find where they advertise and see if you can download it from there.

For example: If a video cannot be found or retrieved through a company website, you can often find it on YouTube.  Also, Cnet.com has lots of virus free software including a free YouTube Downloader.

Downloading Videos With Google Chrome
Google Chrome can in some cases allow you to copy the video directly from the infringing website.

1.   Download Google Chrome

2.   Go to website with video

3.   Right click elsewhere on page for source or “view page source”
<<<a text page will appear with HTML code>>>

4.   Use Control F to find file path of video by searching for common video file extensions, such as mp4, m4v,MKV (or manually scroll down for URL)

5.   Right Click on desired link and save to desktop (This will not work on I.E. Explorer, Use Google Chrome).


Other Ways To Download Embedded Videos

Download Embedded Video Using Internet Explorer 

1. Play the entire embedded video. Let the entire video play to its conclusion.

2. Open the temporary internet file folder in Internet Explorer. Select "Tools" from the main menu. Then choose "Internet Options" from the Tools menu. Under the general tab click on "Settings" in the browsing history section of the General tab. Click on "View Files." This folder is the temporary Internet folder.

3. Arrange the files in the temporary folder by size. Click on the folder heading entitled size and arrange the files from largest to smallest. Typically the embedded video file that was just viewed will be one of the largest files in the folder.

4. Select the embedded video that was just viewed and right click. In the right click menu choose "Copy."

5. Open the destination folder and paste the embedded video file. With the destination folder open choose "Edit" from the main menu. From the main menu select "Paste," now the file is available to view anytime.

Download Embedded Video Using Firefox

1.  Download and install the Firefox extension greasemonkey. Once the extension is installed reopen the Firefox browser. Choose "Tools" from the main menu. In this menu there should be new options entitled "User script command," "Manage user scripts," and "Install user script."

2. Install the unembed greasemonkey script. When the embed extension is opened it looks like a plain text file. Under the main menu, select "Tools" and under the tools menu select "Install user script." A dialogue window will appear from this window choose "OK."

3. Go to the website that contains the embedded video to download.  If the greasemonkey extension was installed successfully there should be a link to download the video at the bottom of the embedded video. Click on that link to download the embedded video.

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/how_2066698_download-embedded-videos.html

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Have My Emails Been Hacked (Email Data Breaches)

Email Account Been Data Breached? (haveiBeenPwned.com)
Check if your email accounts have been hacked.  Also set up "notify" alerts on current email accounts so you'll know if they're compromised.

Website or Email Hacked?
This one found one that haveibeenpwned didn't. For emails see CHECK ACCOUNT.

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Counseling and Training Resources 

8(a) Workshops 
The 8(a) Program is SBA's effort to promote equal access for socially and economically disadvantaged individuals to participate in the business sector of the nation's economy. Socially and economically disadvantaged individuals include Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Asian Pacific Americans and Subcontinent Asian Americans. Individuals not members of these minority groups who can demonstrate that they are socially and economically disadvantaged also may be eligible. 

Service Corps of Retired Executives 
More than 12,400 volunteers in the provide training and one-on-one counseling at no charge. 

Small Business Development Centers 
SBDCs provide training, counseling, research and other specialized assistance at nearly 1000 locations nationwide. 

Business Information Centers 
Business Information Centers (BICs) provide a one-stop location where current and future small business owners can receive assistance and advice.

U.S. Export Assistance Centers 
USEACs offer a full range of federal export programs and services from a number of federal agencies under one roof. Many locations have new-to-export programs called E-TAP. 

Women's Business Centers 
SBA's network of more than 60 Women's Business Centers (WBC) provide a wide range of services to women entrepreneurs at all levels of business development.

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Introduction and Overview

To get world wide trademark protection in over 80 countries, you'll want to take advantage of the two major treaties on trademarks.  By doing so you can secure your trademarks through registration in two nations instead of eighty.

The first major treaty is called the Madrid System of International Registration, and it involves almost 70 countries.  The Second and far smaller treaty is for TM protection throughout the European Union.

Madrid is governed by The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).  TM protection within the EU is governed by The Office for the Harmonization of the Internal Market (OHIM).

Please note there is substantial overlap between Madrid and OHIM, especially for those countries within the European Union. You will need a lawyer to decide which one is best for you.

There may of course be other treaties for nations outside of Madrid or OHIM.  One example of such is the Paris Convention. But if you can't find a treaty for the countries you're applying for, your only option is to file separate applications with each of these respective countries. 

And if you're filing with a non-treaty nation, it is likely you will be required to use one of their own lawyers and file the application in their native language. 


EUROPEAN UNION TRADEMARK INFORMATION (OHIM)

For an overview check out
www.hg.org/1413.html
and www.slw.dk/english/european.htm



FOR INFORMATION ON THE WORLD INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ORG (WIPO)and the Madrid Union

List Of Madrid Member Nations 

Fees For Filing Under Madrid

General Information On Madrid

www.wipo.int/madrid/en/index.html

www.wipo.int/eng/newindex/madrid.htm

Trademark Protection In Other Countries Not Listed Above

Trademark Law In Countries Not In Madrid or OHIM

For Existing International Trademark Treaties including the Paris convention

For Actual Members of the Paris Convention
Patience. The long downloading time is worth the wait!

International Treaties to Protect Patents & Trademarks


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Resources

One Stop Capital Shop (404) 853-7675  
This Atlanta business assistance center offers the technical and financial advice needed to start your own business. 

Here, entrepreneurs have access to a variety of services including a computer lab, library and free business advice from professional counselors.  One Stop also offers free and low cost classes on how to write your own business plan, raise money for business expansion, repair your credit, and advertise your services.  They can even help you print flyers and business cards  for your grand opening.  

The U.S. Small Business Administration (404) 529-9865  
                                  or (404) 529-9808  
Their service core of retired executives gives valuable free advice and referrals.  Learn how to incorporate, obtain a loan, make effective business proposals, presentations and where and how to advertise.  The U.S. Small Business   Administration also offers low cost seminars for those who need more information on these subjects.

The Georgia Non-Profit Resource Center (404) 688-4845
T
he Non-Profit Resource Center is a private agency that provides advice on how to set up and maintain non-profit organizations.  In addition to offering management assistance and consulting services (based on a sliding scale fee), they   can send you a free start up packet on how to form your own non-profit organization.  The start up packet will help you design a mission statement for your organization and tell you the state and federal forms you will need.

E-LOAN  
Licensed in at least 40 states, E-LOAN allows consumers to apply for a a small business loan via e-mail. On this site, consumers can search for the best rates on everything from mortgages to credit cards to home equity loans. It costs nothing to apply for a loan and your application will get a response within 24 to 48 hours.

The Consumer Information Center (800) 664-4435 Check out their free consumer publications. Get Their free book with important federal, state and non-profit help agencies.  They also have a consumer help line  open between 10 am. and 2 pm., Eastern Standard Time.  

Counseling & Training Resources 

The Federal Web Locator
Through this web site, cyberconsumers can link to the electronic doorsteps of federal departments, agencies, commissions and quasi official agencies.

The Aspen Institute (202) 736-5800
This non-profit group lists 328 microenterprise programs that extend small loans to help businesses get started.  Their directory of Micro Enterprise programs costs $15.

The Council On Foundations (202) 466-6512 Provides contact numbers for local foundations.

Foundation Center (800) 424-9836 or (404) 880-0095   
The Foundation Center can direct you free of charge, to the organizations most likely to give grants to your cause.  Their directories will help you locate grant makers by subject, geographic area and a variety of other factors.  

The Foundation Center will answer quick reference question over the phone, but it won't do your research for you.  It's up to you to make your own personal list of potential donors based on what you find in their library.  The Foundation Center also has information on how to set up and manage foundations and other types of non-profit organizations.

Guidestar (800) 421-8656 or (800) 424-9836 Guidestar gathers and disseminates information on over one million 501(C)(3) organizations. Guidestar's extensive database classifies each organization by subject and can find donor organizations willing to assist you.

Alexander, O'Neill, Haas & Martin (404) 875-7575
Fundraising consultants who will structure your organization to maximize donations. Their web site lists individual donors what boards they serve on, and any articles written about them.

For information on Small Business Investment Companies which provide equity-capital, long term loans, debt equity   investments and management assistance to small business, write to:   

Investment Division
U.S. Small Business Administration, 409 Third St., SW

Washington, DC 20416 or check out www.sba.gov/inv
on the Internet. 

Free Money To Change Your Life, by Matthew Lesko
This book lists 15,000 federal and state programs that provide free money to help people look for work or start businesses.

For other agencies outside of Atlanta, consult your Business White pages and U.S. Government section.

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Business Incubators (Business Development Centers)

Incubators Throughout The 50 States (Most States)
Incubators are shelters for start-up companies and expansion-minded small firms, which can get technical advice and a place to grow at cheaper costs.
   

National Business Incubation Association
Look up their member incubator centers throughout the nation.

Advanced Technology Development Center (404) 894-3575
Business for technology driven companies. Companies just starting out can rent office space on the cheap. As part of the package, you will receive valuable technical support and be assigned a consultant to help with business management. The Center also helps match investors with companies and hosts programs on how to raise funds through effective presentations. They may also know of other incubators for non-technology driven companies.

Fulton County Business Incubator (404) 559-9466
Assists businesses that specialize in information technology and telecommunications.  Applicants must be a brand new business that is licensed and operating, or a business with three years experience that is expanding, has a business plan and is be able to show it can pay rent.  Rent ranges from $375-575 per month and includes office space, receptionist, conference room, training facility, office equipment, computers, business resource center, voicemail and security. For more information contact: Gregory D. Allen.

Grasp Enterprises (404) 659-5955
Their Marietta location assists service and professional firms while the location on Fairburn Road assists light manufacturing, distribution and warehousing.  Mainly caters to women and minorities.  Rent varies from $325 to $1000 per  month depending on office size and location and fee includes office space, receptionist, use of conference rooms and library.  Use of copiers, fax, training room and secretarial services cost extra.  Contact: Maurice Coakley, CEO. 

Intelligent Systems Shared Resource Center (770) 381-2900
Assists technology firms with priority to those with potential for growth.  Start up companies with Internet related products or services should ask about their new "Internet Incubator".  Rent may range from $325 to $4,000 depending on the type and amount of space required.  The cost covers office space, utilities, conference and training rooms, office equipment, workshops and consultations with Intelligent Systems, as well as Internet access and customized phone services.  Contact: Bonnie Herron, VP.

South Dekalb Business Incubators (404) 241-3522
Currently houses firms specializing in service, distribution and light manufacturing.  By mid 1999, manufacturing, food service and retail are expected to be added.  Entrepreneurs  must be in businesses for at least a year, have business    experience and the potential for hiring; meet zoning requirements; pay a $50 nonrefundable application fee; and develop a short "concept paper," a precursor to a business  plan.  Rent is $175-400 per month depending on space.  Rent  covers office pace, utilities, some office furnishings, conference rooms, office equipment and use of a computer. Contact Richard Younge, Director.

Incubators For Women Who Are Starting A Business

Go to The U.S. Small Business Administration Web site and "click" on "New Women Centers."

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