Legal Considerations

  • Protect Your Company Logo Using These Tips

    If people recognize your company name by a graphic like a logo, protect it! Register it with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and renew it every so often to keep it valid and safe from others using your logo.
    By Joli Ballew June 25, 2011 

  • Are There Deadlines for Using Gift Cards?

    Small business owners often issue gift certificates to clients for raffle prizes, special promotions or as a convenience for gift giving. What is not always clear to many is how the new gift certificate expiration law will impact them. Learn more about...
    By Finn Orfano June 23, 2011 

  • Is the Term "Patent Pending" Worth the Paper It is Printed On?

    USPTO publishes patent applications 18 months after application, after which anyone has access to the information. The rights under patent pending does not prevent anyone from actually accessing and using such information, but allows inventors to claim...
    By N Nayab June 13, 2011 


  • What Permits or Licenses Do I Need for My New Business?

    Before you open your business, do you have all the permits required? Are they posted as requested? Many new entrepreneurs are so exciting about opening day they sometimes forget the small stuff—including must-have licenses. Here, Jean Scheid...
    By Jean Scheid June 11, 2011 

  • Business Advice for Beginning Landscapers

    Learning how to run a lawn service business is not nearly as difficult as ferreting out how to go into business in the first place. In fact, determining when and how to start a landscaping business requires looking into software, insurance and advertising...
    By Sylvia Cochran June 10, 2011 

  • What Is a Patent?

    Do you know what a patent is? Do you know the purpose of a patent? In this article we explain what a patent is, what a patent does, and why you would want one.
    By Rebecca Scudder June 9, 2011 


  • Legal Aspects of Becoming a Basement Entrepreneur

    Running a business “out of my basement” is a dream many an entrepreneur shares with others. The space is available and starting a business does not look so difficult. Discover how to capitalize on a basement with tips on turning a hobby into...
    By Sylvia Cochran June 4, 2011 

  • How to Write a Comprehensive Intellectual Property Statement

    This article discusses how to write comprehensive intellectual property statement that will protect your ideas. Intellectual property is protected through copyright and through patents. Find out how to create this statement by reading further.
    By Ronda Bowen June 2, 2011 

  • Can Your Organization Become a Nonprofit?

    You have a nonprofit but you are not tax exempt nor do you have a nonprofit status. It is a lengthy but not a difficult process. Understanding the process for becoming a nonprofit will help with the future tax relief of your organization.
    By Ivy N. McQuain MBA May 31, 2011 

  • How Long is Your Patent Valid and What Can You Do To Extend It?

    A patent provides legal right to the inventor to exclude others from making, using or selling the invention during the time the patent remains in force. It protects the inventors commercial interest by granting monopoly rights for a limited period.
    By N Nayab May 31, 2011 
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