Sunday, February 20, 2011

Hello and Welcome to The Austin Entrepreneurs Intellectual Property (IP) Blog

Hello and welcome to the Austin Entrepreneur Network Intellectual Property (IP) Blog.  This blog serves the Austin, TX entrepreneur community by stimulating discussions regarding IP and how it affects entrepreneurs in the greater Austin area.  We invite your comments and welcome your suggestions for topics to be discussed on this page.
Since Austin is undoubtedly a high-tech mecca, this website will focus on patents.  However, issues related to trademarks, service marks, trade secrets, and copyrights will also be addressed on this page.  More specifically, we will delve into such hot topics as software and business method patents among the more conventional areas of patents dealing with electrical and mechanical devices. 
The primary blogger, Bob Villhard, is the Founder and CEO of the Villhard Patent Group.  Bob is a Rocket Scientist turned Patent Attorney (licensed to practice law in California and Missouri and registered to practice before the Patent Office throughout the U.S.).  Bob brings his NASA-can-do attitude to solving IP related issues.  He possesses 9 years of patent preparation and prosecution experience coupled with over 15 years of engineering and management experience.  For more information about Bob and the Villhard Patent Group see

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