Monthly Archives: November 2015

What is a Patent?

Patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret law all offer the means to protect your business’s intellectual property. But what distinguishes these? This blog has already examined both copyright and trademarks. Now we turn to patents. A patent is essentially a property right in a particular invention. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) examines patent

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Why Incorporate in Delaware?

As a business owner, you know how important it is to choose the right state in which to incorporate. The laws of that state, which can govern such critical issues as taxes, corporate governance, and liability, affect your company’s future significantly. You are likely also aware that Delaware is the most popular state for corporations.

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What is At-Will Employment?

Imagine you have been employed at your current job as a collections agent for about two years now. You consider your employment pretty much “stable.” The company has agreed to match your contributions to your 401K, you have acquired over forty hours of vacation time, and your health benefits are in full swing. One morning

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Talent Retention: “Managing to Keep Your Employees”

As a business owner or founder, you must take into account all profit, risks, losses, and expenses that occur while in operation of your business. Many are reluctant to start up enterprises of their own due to the massive amount of overhead costs. All involved are looking to be paid and oftentimes due dates fall

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The independent Contractor and the Employee

There has been a significant strain on the job market lately. Those with a wealth of experience and loads of education are settling for jobs for which they are underpaid and over-qualified. Business administration, history, or English majors are accepting low-paying call center jobs with no problem. In other words, most people are not as

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What is a Section 83(b) Election?

If you are an employee who has received stock or options from your employer as part of your compensation, Internal Revenue Code Section 83 applies to you, whether you know it or not. When an employer transfers property to an employee in connection with services the employee performs, Section 83(a) generally requires the employee to

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California’s Organic Food Program

Consumption of organic food is on the rise and the number of those who have chosen to stick to an organic regime is growing each year. Those unfamiliar always inquire, “What is organic?” “What is the difference between organic food and regular food?” The simple response would be: The Process. Organic crops must be grown

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Food Producers React to New Dietary Guidelines

Every five years the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) jointly issue a new set of dietary guidelines establishing food recommendations for all Americans over the age of two. According to the federal government, these guidelines are designed to reflect the current best understanding of nutrition science.

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