Legal Considerations

  • Copyright: What is it and How Does it Affect Your Business?

    Copyrights protect tangible works like books, songs, and poems. If this is part of your business, copyrights can help you protect your intellectual property. This article examines this aspect and some of the ways that copyrights can affect your business...
    By Joli Ballew July 2, 2011 

  • Have Patience When Seeking Out a Patent

    Getting a patent through the approval process takes diligence, patience and time, often years. Here, you'll learn why it takes a little patience to complete this process and important tips on first steps to begin the process.
    By Joli Ballew July 2, 2011 

  • How to Sell a Trademark

    Many people confuse selling a trademark with selling an idea or a name, in the same way that Internet domain names are often registered speculatively and then sold. With trademarks, what is being sold is not only the name of the product or business, but...
    By Nicky LaMarco June 29, 2011 

  • Small Business FAQ on New Gift Card Rules

    Does your business issue gift certificates and gift cards? New laws govern expiration dates and other aspects of the practice that may affect your bottom line. Designed to protect consumers, new gift card rules could change the way you do business...
    By Sylvia Cochran June 28, 2011 

  • Copyright Law and Public Domain Explained

    When is a work under copyright law, and when is it in the public domain? You can turn a classic work into extra profit for your business if you know the difference and how to utilize it. Learn all about copyright law public domain here.
    By theMallorys June 27, 2011 

  • Small Business Legal Checklist

    Make sure you’re on the right track with a small business legal checklist. Find out about the “dos and don’ts” of small business legal processes, and stay ahead of the competition by staying within the bounds of the law.
    By theMallorys June 26, 2011 

  • Tips on How to Protect an Invention

    If you have created something that may prove profitable for you, you can find business partners to help you sell and market it. However, before showing these potential partners your invention, you should follow steps in securing it.
    By Kristina Dems June 26, 2011 

  • How to Perform a Patent Search

    You can't file for a patent if someone else already owns it, thus, you have to perform a search to prove that your work is original. Often, you have to hire an attorney to do this for you, but you may be able to perform the search yourself.
    By Joli Ballew June 25, 2011 

  • How to Choose a Registered Agent for Your Corporation

    What is a registered agent and why do you need one? A registered agent is a person or entity that is assigned and agrees to have any and all legal notices sent to your corporation on your behalf. Jean Scheid looks at how to choose a registered agent...
    By Jean Scheid June 25, 2011 

  • Why Your Intellectual Property Should be Protected

    There are thousands of businesses negatively effected by the illegal use of their intellectual property. Protecting intellectual property is important for a business that has a desire to protect its reputation and financial future. Fortunately, business...
    By Kay Wiki June 25, 2011 
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