Devin Miller wants to help protect your intellectual property | POP Bonus

A photo of Devin Miller is captured. Miller IP Law was founded by Devin Miller, a patent attorney that lives in Utah. Devin Miller is featured on Practice of the Practice, a therapist podcast.

If you hire 1099s, do you have an independent contractor agreement in place with them? When should you file a trademark or a patent? Where does the value lie in your practice?

In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks with Devin Miller about how to protect your intellectual property.

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Meet Devin Miller

A photo of Devin Miller is captured. He is a patent attorney and the owner of Miller IP Law. Devin is featured on the Practice of the Practice, a therapist podcast.

Devin Miller is a patent attorney and the owner of Miller IP Law. While Devin was working for a large law firm helping fortune 100 clients with their intellectual property, he realized that there were no resources available to help small businesses understand intellectual property. Devin founded Miller IP Law to help small businesses protect their assets and feel comfortable around patents, trademarks, and copyrights.

Devin is the podcast host of The Inventive Journey, as well as an author of a book by the same name.

Visit Miller IP Law, and connect with Devin on LinkedIn.

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In This Podcast

  • Intellectual property in your private practice
  • Which path should private practice owners take?
  • What you need to pay attention to
  • Devin’s advice to private practitioners

Intellectual property in your private practice

Within the umbrella term of intellectual property, there are three different areas involved:

  • Patents: towards inventions like software.
  • Trademarks: branding and names of companies or products.
  • Copywrite: creative side like a picture, painting, etc.

Determine where the value of your business lies. Are you a business with a strong brand name and title? Then consider trademarks.

Are you a business that creates software, services, and specific products? Consider patents. If your business focuses on creativity and writing blog posts, ideas, and content, then consider copywriting.

When you looking [for] what you consider wanting to protect, I’d say back up [first] and ask, “where is the value of [my] business?” (Devin Miller)

Protect the creations of your business that have value.

Which path should private practice owners take?

Patents do not make much sense to use as a general private practice owner unless you have created software or a digital, experiential therapy that clients can use.

This is much the same with copywriting unless you are selling some package of a video series, for example.

Therefore, most private practices would use trademarks to protect their intellectual properties.

Trademarks are one. If you are getting any value out of the brand, whether it is reputation or word-of-mouth, online reviews, and SEO, any of that, you would still want to consider protecting that brand for your services. (Devin Miller)

A trademark protects the use of a name, a catchphrase, and/or a logo. You can file this trademark into different categories.

You would have to update your trademark every time you changed the content it covers, or expand the products that it protects.

Almost without exception, get an independent contractor agreement … make sure that you outline that anything [they] create that you pay [them] for, [you] own and needs to be assigned over to you. (Devin Miller)

What you need to pay attention to

When you are starting your practice, make sure to file an LLC, or the appropriate title according to your state, as soon as possible.

Get it going and start your business up, but remember to think about forming the business and trademarking it, otherwise, you are putting your personal assets on the line.

This helps to shield your personal assets as well.

Devin’s advice to private practitioners

Get a plan in place for what you are going to need and want to do with your business. Knowing the key milestones of what you need to hit and when you need to hit them is going to help you grow your practice exponentially.

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Meet Joe Sanok

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Joe Sanok helps counselors to create thriving practices that are the envy of other counselors. He has helped counselors to grow their businesses by 50-500% and is proud of all the private practice owners that are growing their income, influence, and impact on the world. Click here to explore consulting with Joe.

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