Happy First Anniversary!


Today, I’m celebrating the first anniversary of IP made simple.

I remember all of the work I put into getting the website up-and-running last summer, and how excited I was to get started.

Well, it’s been an eventful first year.  The path forward has been absolutely amazing.  I’ve learned so much.  Things happened that have propelled me in unexpected directions.  There were highs and lows.  Mistakes were made and lessons were learned.

It truly has been an entrepreneurs journey that has changed my view of my profession and my work.

I am so excited to be starting year 2 with big plans.

Stay tuned for my big announcement this fall!


Happy Independence Day!

What’s more American than the Walt Disney Company who just happen to be the largest consumer of fireworks in the world.

Here’s their US Patent No. 5,339,741 for Precision Fireworks Display System Having a Decreased Environmental Impact.

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Obama Administration Releases the 2013 Joint Strategic Plan on IP Enforcement

I guess June must be “Let’s Talk About Intellectual Property Month” at the Obama White House.

victoriaYesterday, U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, Victoria Espinel, released the 2013 Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement.

The Joint Strategic Plan expands upon the initial report released in 2010 that was meant to address industry and the Administration’s concerns about the proliferation of counterfeit goods, the increase in intellectual property theft, and the impact these have on the US economy and national security.

The 2013 plan to protect US innovation from misappropriation focuses on greater cooperation between Federal agencies to enforce intellectual property laws as well as increased cooperation with our trading partners to solve matters involving trade secret theft and counterfeit goods.  The plan supports private sector efforts to combat piracy through awareness and innovation

The report also addresses the challenges we face in a world where so much commerce (both legal and illegal) happens online.  Of specific concern are the increased capabilities of mobile devices, 3D printing, and digital goods (like music, movies, games, and software) that can be easily copied.

From the Plan’s Letter to the President and Congress:

Moving forward, the Administration will continue to improve upon these efforts. We will focus on infringement that has a significant impact on the economy, the global economic competitiveness of the United States, the security of our Nation, and the health and safety of the American public.

We will increase efforts to improve enforcement of intellectual property rights here at home, improve cooperation with foreign governments, and use our trade tools to improve protection around the world. We will promote the use of private sector voluntary best practices to reduce infringement online and in conventional marketplaces. We will press vigorously for protection of trade secrets overseas and enforcement actions to address their theft or misappropriation.

The Obama Administration has consistently recognized intellectual property theft as a major challenge to a strong and healthy US economy, and has taken action in the past to educate those most vulnerable to IP theft about the dangers as well as increasing enforcement actions against those that would violate our laws.

Increased awareness and better enforcement efforts have been amongst the Administration’s greatest improvements for protecting the IP rights of US companies and citizens.  I am happy to see that the Obama Administration continues to support these efforts.

3 Little Words

It’s January, the month of resolutions, of planning, of strategizing what we hope to accomplish in the new year ahead.

Personally, I don’t make resolutions.  Although there are a few things I could change about me, I know that making resolutions is a waste of time.  Why?  Because I know I’m probably not going to stop procrastinating, there will still be clutter around my house, and even though I pay for membership to our local YMCA, I’m still going to struggle to get my butt over there.  (That’s just who I am.)

I typically make goals instead.

Every year I make a list of things that I hope to accomplish in the 12 months that lay ahead of me.    Some goals are personal, like find a new kitchen table that better accommodates our family or paint the master bedroom.  I might even unpack the last of the boxes from our move 3.5 years ago.  (This particular item has to do with that procrastination thing I mentioned above.)

I also spend a fair amount of time setting goals for my business.   So, during the last week of 2012, I took out a notebook and started jotting down all of the things I hope to accomplish in 2013, like

  • Conduct a webinar once a month.
  • Write an eBook on IP for Entrepreneurs.
  • Blog every Tuesday and Thursday.
  • Build my “List”.

There were goals related to social media and income, as well as a new blog that I’ll be rolling out this month.  When I finished this year’s list, I felt pretty good about it.  With a little effort, each item is pretty easy to accomplish, and if I accomplished every item on the list, I would certainly move by business forward.

Or so I thought.

I was proud of myself and my list.  That is until I read David Ackert’s blog post, Three Words for 2013.  David doesn’t make resolutions.  Instead, David uses Chris Brogan’s “My 3 Words” concept for New Year’s planning.

The 3 words idea is simple.  You identify 3 words that serve as themes for the upcoming year.  These words are supposed to “sum up what you want to work actionably on changing/improving in the coming year.”  According to Chris Brogan, choosing 3 words to focus on helps you look at the bigger story.

“The big story is that which we want to believe about our life and our goals and our plan…Goals are a way of knowing that you’re headed in the direction of your…story.”

So I took another look at my list.

My list was just a list of individual action items.  It’s not a bad list, but merely a laundry list, a to-do list.  It didn’t say anything about what I want to be true and to believe about my life.  Where was my “big story”?

So I came up with my 3 words.

  1. Dare. 

  2. Communicate. 

  3. Earn. 

If I dare to step out of my comfort zone and communicate my message to those who need to hear it, I will earn respect, an audience, and money.

That’s a pretty powerful story.

I challenge you to try this exercise.  Let me know what your 3 words are in the comments below.