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When it comes to starting a business, there are a variety of options available to entrepreneurs. One popular option is to purchase a franchise or license from an existing company. While these two terms are often used interchangeably, they do have some distinct differences. What is a Franchise? A franchise is a business model in […]

January 26, 2023

Following the Rules: The Importance of Compliance in Franchising and Licensing

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In theory, a limited liability company (LLC) can last in perpetuity. However, the owners of an LLC should plan for the day when they are no longer there to run their business. This includes not only situations like retirement or career change, but also a decidedly grimmer scenario: death. While death and taxes may be […]

January 20, 2023

What Happens When an LLC Member Dies?

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If you’ve recently registered a trademark, it’s not uncommon to receive invoices in the mail that seem to be related to your trademark registration. However, it’s important to be cautious and to thoroughly research any invoice that you receive before paying it to understand if it’s legitimate or a scam. It’s possible that the invoices […]

January 9, 2023

Is My Trademark Invoice Legitimate Or A Scam?

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Trademark infringement occurs when a person or business uses a trademark that is identical or confusingly similar to a trademark owned by someone else in a way that is likely to cause confusion about the source of the goods or services. This can be a concern for businesses because it can lead to customer confusion, […]

January 3, 2023

When Is Trademark Infringement A Cause For Concern?

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You may have heard of some of the benefits of registering your trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. However, which of these benefits apply to a pending trademark? Is there any advantage you gain by filing a trademark application? Additionally, what is the difference between filing for federal registration versus a state […]

November 9, 2022

Intellectual Property Rights During A Pending Trademark

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While you may be preparing your child for heading off to college by teaching them how to do their laundry and buying things to make their dorm feel more comfortable, there are also important legal implications once your child turns 18 and moves out. This deadline could quickly arrive, which can sever your ability to […]

October 19, 2022

Do Not Let Your Kids Move Out Without Signing These Documents

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The intellectual property 30 percent rule is a common myth that suggests a piece of intellectual property can be copied if 30 percent of the content is changed. In reality, intellectual property protections differ drastically from this myth. Copying the copyrighted material of another party will often result in legal action for copyright infringement. If […]

October 12, 2022

The Myth Of The Intellectual Property 30 Percent Rule

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Individuals make wills to ensure the correct distribution of their assets to their loved ones after they die, but there are specific things to avoid including in a Last Will and Testament (will). For instance, certain property types transfer automatically to an individual’s beneficiaries outside of their will. Due to this, it is advisable to […]

October 3, 2022

What Not To Include In Your Will

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Estate planning is the process of deciding how your assets will be managed and distributed if you become incapacitated or die. Traditionally, this process focuses on how tangible assets like bank accounts, investments, real estate properties, cars, and other valuable assets will be distributed. However, intellectual property rights owners must also consider what will happen […]

September 29, 2022

Estate Planning For Intellectual Property

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Securing a trademark is a necessity for companies and individuals looking to protect their intellectual property. When applying for a trademark, it is critical to determine that all of the requirements of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) have been met. Errors during the trademark application process can create unnecessary delays in receiving […]

September 20, 2022

Common Trademark Mistakes

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