Legal Considerations and Advice for Entrepreneurs

There are a number of legal issues that should be kept in consideration when running a business or embarking on a new business-related opportunity. The Legal Considerations portal on Bright Hub’s Entrepreneurship Channel is filled with advice, tips, and strategies related to how you can legally protect your business and business ideas as well as how you can make sure you don’t stumble into any problems that could expose your business to adverse legal action.
The topic of intellectual property is highly debated in many circles, so we include full details on the definition of intellectual property rights in addition to explaining what options you have available to protect your legal ownership of such property.
In addition, we offer guides and advice as to what is the best legal structure for your business and how to file the paperwork to solidify that structure. We also cover such topics as antitrust and how it relates to small businesses, things to consider before signing a business agreement, and much more.

Business Law: Electronic Signatures

Marking an important change to business law, electronic signatures allow individuals and companies to enter into contracts without physically signing them. Previous laws required all contracts to contain a physical signature, but the creation of electronic signatures changed the nature of contracts.

New Hot Topics in Business Law

Owning and running a business doesn’t mean once you’ve found some customers and a good group of employees that it’s time to sit back and relax. Prudent owners will research and stay abreast of hot topics in business law to ensure they make the most of their entrepreneurial efforts.

A Guide on How to Do a Patent Search

Patents describe a new technology and attempt to protect the same through a legal document. Undertaking a patent search to determine whether a patent already exists for the invention is an important step before preparing for a patent. Read on to understand how to do a patent search.

Benefits of a DBA and Pros and Cons of a DBA

Considering using a fictitious name for your business? If you are then you need to understand what a DBA is and its purpose. There are several advantages and disadvantages to using a “doing business as” (DBA) for your business.

Must-Have Tips on How to Patent a Recipe

Recipes are usually copyrighted rather than patented, but nothing prevents one from patenting a recipe. Patent laws are, however, complex, and filing for patents at the U.S. Patents and Trademark Office (USPTO) is a challenging task. The USPTO issues guidelines on how to patent a recipe.

Identifying Patent Registry Scams

Looking to register a patent for your new product creation? Stay away from patent registry scams and recognize a legitimate service provider using a few good tips, combined with your own personal judgment.

Legal Considerations: When Can an S Corporation Buy a Home

S Corporations are set up to allow income and expenses to flow through directly to a limited number of shareholders. S Corporation shareholders may be searching for ways to diversify their risk and may wonder can an S Corporation buy a home. Yes although there are other things to consider.

Converting C Corporations to S Corporations

C corporations and S corporations each have their advantages. If your small business is a C corporation, you may decide that you would see more tax advantages or have greater corporate control with an S corporation instead. Fortunately, it isn’t difficult to convert C corporations to S corporations.

Sample Joint Venture Agreement: What Should Be Included?

A joint venture agreement outlines the rights and responsibilities between two parties entering into business together. Writing a proper joint venture agreement takes time and effort. A sample joint venture agreement helps provide a template to work with. Here is a sample with instructions.