business law

3 Steps to Protecting Intellectual Property

Many start-up owners are concerned with the intellectual property (IP) of their company, and they should be. IP is a valuable asset that needs to be protected, ... »

Patent Race: Move Fast or You’re Screwed

Patent Race: Move Fast or You’re Screwed

U.S. patent law recently switched from a first-to-invent to a first-to-file system. Check out the new rules of the game. Andrew Eye began to panic in March. He ... »

COPPA: The Law Most Startups Ignore that Could Have a Big Financial Impact

COPPA: The Law Most Startups Ignore that Could Have a Big Financial Impact

Think the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and the expanded revisions don’t affect you? If you are an app or website and you collect, share or s... »

Small Businesses Are Ditching Patents in Droves

Small Businesses Are Ditching Patents in Droves

Is the costly–and long–patent approval process worth it? Small businesses don’t seem to think so. Just two months after several provisions of ... »

How Disruptive Startups Can Prepare for a Lawsuit

How Disruptive Startups Can Prepare for a Lawsuit

Internet television streaming service Aero isn’t the first startup to wage a high-profile lawsuit. Here’s what you can learn from the past. The foun... »

Internet Sales Tax Clears the Senate Easily with a Vote of 69 to 24, Now Heads to the House

Internet Sales Tax Clears the Senate Easily with a Vote of 69 to 24, Now Heads to the House

Today the Senate approved a pervasive Internet sales tax, voting the issue forward 69 to 24. The passage of the bill was not a surprise. There has been pushback... »

3 Reasons to Protect Your Trademarks Now

3 Reasons to Protect Your Trademarks Now

Registering your trademarks is a critical step in any business’s plan. Yes, I’m a lawyer. But I promise (Scout’s honor) that you can trust wha... »

The Word ‘hackathon’ Has Been Trademarked in Germany

The Word ‘hackathon’ Has Been Trademarked in Germany

  Every self-respecting nerd loves a good hackathon, right? Hack days, hack fests or any other terminological variation are great ways to get product proto... »

Tesla Motors Denied Virginia Dealership License, But Sees Hope in Battle with Texas to Sell in State

Tesla Motors Denied Virginia Dealership License, But Sees Hope in Battle with Texas to Sell in State

  Tesla Motors is now fighting battles for dealership licenses on two fronts. On Tuesday, the automotive manufacturer was denied a dealership license by th... »

UBS Loses Lawsuit After Former Employee Calls Firm Immoral and Unethical

UBS Loses Lawsuit After Former Employee Calls Firm Immoral and Unethical

  In Statements of Claim filed in July 2011, Claimant UBS asserted breach of contract; common count for money lent; common count for account stated; and un... »

  It’s Startup Day on Capitol Hill. The timing is apt, as the Startup Act 3.0 was recently introduced in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. ... »

Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

  The two most precious resources for any small-business owner are time and money. That’s why when the subject of intellectual property comes up, many owne... »

Five Overlooked Legal Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make

Five Overlooked Legal Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make

  Starting a business can be fraught with potential legal issues that are often overlooked by first-time entrepreneurs. Many details that don’t seem pressi... »

Use Photos in Advertisements? Take These Steps to Avoid a Lawsuit

Use Photos in Advertisements? Take These Steps to Avoid a Lawsuit

  Using eye-catching images on your company’s website or in advertising is a good way to capture a potential customer’s attention. But even if ... »

What You Need to Know About Music Licensing for Your Business

What You Need to Know About Music Licensing for Your Business

  When you walk into a business, what do you hear? Classical, relaxing music to set the tone for your shopping experience? Many companies use music as part... »

Incorporating Your Business

Incorporating Your Business

  Of all the decisions you make when starting a business, probably the most important one relating to taxes is the type of legal structure you select for y... »

7 Qualities to Look For in a Lawyer

7 Qualities to Look For in a Lawyer

  When do you need a lawyer? Although the answer depends on your business and your particular circumstances, it’s generally worthwhile to consult one... »

10 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Small-Business Attorney

10 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Small-Business Attorney

  When you hire an attorney, that professional will be handling some of your company’s most sensitive legal issues so it’s important to hire so... »

When Business Names Confuse Consumers: The Basics of Trademark Law

When Business Names Confuse Consumers: The Basics of Trademark Law

  Last month, a Florida judge granted an injunction against health club “FIT U” after rival club “YOU FIT” sued for trademark infri... »