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Understand the Dangers of Commercial Leases

A commercial lease for office or retail space is a serious commitment for your business. They are typically long-term contracts lasting at least five years, the rent is often your second-biggest monthly expense after payroll, and the rights and limitations in your lease agreement have major effects on your ability to expand, contract and relocate […]

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Simple Guide to Understanding a Design Patent

What is a Design Patent? A design patent is a type of patent that protects the way a manufactured product looks. However, this patent doesn’t protect the way a product works or the mechanical structure. Design patents can help protect businesses and their intellectual property rights by creating design protection and allowing the use of […]

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What Are the Types of Patent Infringement?

The various types of patent infringement occur when a person or business uses parts of a patented idea, method, or device without permission. Patent infringement is also known as patent violation or even stolen ideas. It could involve either using or selling the patented invention or idea. Before you can sue someone for patent infringement, […]

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Guide to Utility Patent Requirements

What Are Utility Patent Requirements To meet utility patent requirements, inventions must be novel, not obvious, statutory, and useful. They must also meet the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s written description, enablement, and best mode requirements. Utility patent requirements are more stiff than other types of patents, but they also offer the strongest protection. […]

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Guide to Understanding Trademark a Name Cost

Guide to Understanding Trademark a Name Cost What Does Trademarking a Name Cost? Filing a trademark for your business name with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will cost between $225 and $600, plus legal fees. You can register with most states for $50-$150 if you don’t want protection outside your state. Trademark protection […]

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A Guide to Understanding Trademark Cost

What does a Trademark Cost? A trademark costs $400 for electronic trademark applications and $600 for paper filings, both per-class of goods or services selected registering for a federal trademark through the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Should You Register for a Trademark? A trademark user can build rights for a mark by […]

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Trademark Infringement Defenses

What is a Trademark Infringement Defense? A trademark infringement defense is the legal case brought by a defendant to prove they did not infringe on someone else’s (the plaintiff’s) trademark. Basically, trademark infringement is the unauthorized use of a trademark or service mark on goods or services that compete or are related. Whether or not […]

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Business Structure for Startups: C Corp vs S Corp

What Are Legal Business Entities? When you were a child, you probably got by with just setting up a lemonade stand and getting right down to business. As an adult, starting a company isn’t quite as simple and one of your first decisions will be how to structure your business. ¬†While a C corporation will […]

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Four Types of IP Protection for Businesses

Entrepreneurs and business owners need to understand the basics of intellectual property law to best protect their hard-earned creations and ideas from unfair competition. Here are four main types of intellectual property that you can use to protect your business. 1. Copyrights Copyrights protect original works of authorship, such as literature, music, artistic works, and […]

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Easy 10-Step Guide for Hiring Your First Employees

If you’ve come to the point where your startup needs employees to get things done, there are a few steps you have to take. You’ll obviously want to do things like create an employee handbook, make your own employee personnel files, and create safety measures to protect your workers. These basic tasks, however, do not […]

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