Monthly Archives: September 2015

Choosing the Right Intellectual Property Protection for Your Software

United States laws provide four main ways to protect your intellectual property. A business may choose to use copyright, patent, trademark, or trade secret laws to build a strong intellectual property portfolio. In cases where a protectable intellectual property asset could fall under multiple categories, the choice deserves great consideration and strong legal guidance. One

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Farm Fresh in a Click

In today’s world, you can get almost anything online, and you can get it delivered to your doorstep as fast as you want at a slight additional cost. These conveniences have spread to most everyday needs and include delivery of groceries and even frozen food. However, there is still room for expansion in this market

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California’s Cottage Food Laws: “Small Business Food Vendors Are Held to the Normal Standard”

Have you ever ordered a meal from a church that was fundraising or purchased produce from an old man on a street corner? Have you bought baked goods from the local farmers market? If so, it is highly unlikely that you concerned yourself with whether they had followed food service regulations or the grade they

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Foreign Business Qualification in California

A growing business is always expanding and seeking new markets to support its growth. A business that is started in one state and primarily does business in that state may seek to branch out into other states to pursue this growth. Most states require out-of-state or foreign businesses to register within the state if seeking

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What Is a Copyright? Why Should I Obtain One?

Have you ever heard music while riding the elevator, waiting in a doctor’s office, or even as you stroll down the aisle in your local Walgreens? This music is most likely copyrighted and the businesses that play it must gain permission before doing so. In order for artists to receive compensation or “royalties” for their

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What are Trademarks?

The famous Nike swoosh, the golden arch of McDonald’s, and the vicious feline that adorns every Jaguar are all examples of trademarks. Trademarks are designs or symbols that serve as identifiers for products or services. Trademarks are generally found on a package, label, or even the product itself. It is best that trademarks remain unique

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Saving Money by Paying Taxes

Offering employees or founding partners stock options as a form of pay can be a good way to pay employees when a business is starting out or to incentivize them to work harder for the company they can own in part at a later date. As the individual receiving the stock options, there are several

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Considerations When Hiring an At-Will Employee

For an employee, having a long-term contract with an employer can create a strong sense of security. However, for an employer, a long term contract can become problematic when trying to dismiss an employee who, though not meeting the contractual terms for dismissal, is none the less a lack-luster employee. While there may be good

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Increase in Organic Food Recalls a Positive Indicator

Food recalls can cause public panic, especially within certain demographics such as children, pregnant women, older adults, and people suffering from certain serious diseases. Recalls are sometimes issued out of an abundance of caution, mislabeling of products, or a concern about a possible allergen. However, in some cases recalls can result from reports of people

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Pre-Incorporation Contracts

Founding principals must perform extensive due diligence and obtain the proper legal and financial counsel in preparing to incorporate a business. That involves actions that occur prior to the official existence of the actual corporation. Thus there are pre-incorporation contracts or agreements that govern the deals put in place prior to the official formation of

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