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- Pre-Sale Due Diligence as a Part of Normal Business Operations
Owners of small and mid-sized businesses can spend nearly all of their time running their business, and leave little time to plan the strategy for continued growth and transition to a sale or other exit. Owners hope for a healthy selling climate when the times comes – whether when they retire, cash out and slow down, or sell and find a new venture. Yet, lack of preparation for transition to exit can have a negative impact on achieving a high sales price and successful exit.
- Trademarking a Name or a Logo or Both?
In establishing a new business, owners often seek legal advice in connection with branding their business by developing and securing their company’s intellectual property. Part of this inquiry typically involves the question, “Should we seek trademark registration of the named business brand or the company’s design logos, or both?”
- Questions and Answers about the New Federal Trade Secrets Act
Does your work involve trade secrets? If it does—or even if you’re not sure—there’s some new legislation that you should know about: the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”), which was recently signed into law by President Obama. Here’s some information about the act and how it may affect you.
- You Can Stop Trademark Infringement
You have gone through the painstaking process of starting a business, developing a brand for your business, namely, your business’ trademark, invested significant time and resources into this development, and suddenly you discover another business is using your exact trademark or a similar one. What can you do?
- The Defend Trade Secrets Act: A Powerful New Tool For Business Owners
President Obama recently signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) of 2016, which gives holders of trade secrets a new and powerful option to bring trade secret lawsuits under federal law.
- Florida’s Uniform Trade Secrets Act: What Does It Mean for Your Business?
Having an employee sign a non-compete agreement and/or a nondisclosure or confidentiality agreement is one way to protect your company’s trade secrets and confidential and proprietary business information. However, often times companies may not have any agreements with their employees and a business mistakenly believes it has no way of protecting against the unauthorized disclosure of trade secrets or sensitive information.
- Protecting Trade Secrets Using Employment Agreements
Most California business owners know that a provision in an employment contract which purports to prevent a former employee from competing with the employer’s business is unenforceable in California. Under California law, there is a strong and clear policy favoring the free and unfettered rights of workers to find work where they can, using all their skills and experience to command the best wages they can find.
- Trademark Protection
Most company’s trademarks are extremely valuable assets and represent a significant percentage of the company’s worth. Brand recognition creates customer goodwill and promotes customer satisfaction, which leads to increased sales. Because of this, it is critical to maintain protection of these intangible assets.
- Intellectual Property: 3 Legal Tools to Help You Protect Your Business Idea
If the success of your small business rests with your intellectual property, then you should be very interested in how you can protect it. Filing for a patent can be costly and time-consuming; you may not be able to wait that long, especially if you need to share your idea with others for it to come to fruition.
- Is it Possible to Commit the Crime of Theft with Regard to Intellectual Property?
When it comes to intellectual property, many of us think of copyrighted works of art, patented products, or trademarked logos. All of these items are intellectual property, but infringing on someone's intellectual property rights is usually handled as a civil matter, not criminal. So, is it ever possible to commit the crime of theft with regard to intellectual property?