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What to Do If Someone Uses Your Trademark
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What to Do If Someone Uses Your Trademark

The saying, 'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery' just doesn't fly when dealing with trademarks.
3 Reasons to Not Form a Company in California
Grow Your Business

3 Reasons to Not Form a Company in California

Although many flock to the Golden State, some may be unaware of these restrictions on how businesses can operate.
FBI to Apple, Google: Your New Privacy Policies Are Making People Less Safe
Technology

FBI to Apple, Google: Your New Privacy Policies Are Making People Less Safe

In making vast troves of smartphone data only available to each device's owner, the FBI argues, a critical crime-solving tool has been compromised.

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Franchise Industry Strikes Back at NLRB
Franchises

Franchise Industry Strikes Back at NLRB's 'Joint Employer' Decision

The NLRB's recent ruling has the potential to tear the franchise model apart at the seams. So, franchisors and franchisees are taking action.
4 Things Entrepreneurs Should Think About That May Not Be in The Business Plan
Leadership

4 Things Entrepreneurs Should Think About That May Not Be in The Business Plan

Two young women recount the lessons they learned from starting their social media-marketing agency.
Twitpic Gets New Lease on Life Thanks to Mystery Acquirer
Technology

Twitpic Gets New Lease on Life Thanks to Mystery Acquirer

The popular photo-sharing platform will no longer shut down.
An Entrepreneur
Grow Your Business

An Entrepreneur's Guide to Getting Sued and Fighting Back

When a court case threatens your business, consider taking the following steps.
New Legislation Would Make Banning Negative Yelp Reviews Illegal
Social Media

New Legislation Would Make Banning Negative Yelp Reviews Illegal

Your right to write angry Yelp reviews may soon become law.
In Business, the Cameras Are Always Rolling
Leadership

In Business, the Cameras Are Always Rolling

Leaders need to take a stand for what’s right when bad behavior occurs.
Patent Reform and the Future of Innovation
Grow Your Business

Patent Reform and the Future of Innovation

Many assert that patent trolls are costing the U.S. economy billions of dollars, inhibiting innovation. The solution, however, is not so clear.
5 Keys in Negotiating an Office Lease
Grow Your Business

5 Keys in Negotiating an Office Lease

It's a tricky business to find the right commercial space and set up optimal terms of agreement. Here's how to skillfully navigate.
The 10 Key Legal Documents for Your Business
Starting a Business

The 10 Key Legal Documents for Your Business

Entrepreneurs are not paperwork-sorts of people but some things just have to be written down and signed.
America Is Still the Land of Opportunity for British Tech Stars
Starting a Business

America Is Still the Land of Opportunity for British Tech Stars

A British consul general details how transplants from across the pond eye the States for entrepreneurial endeavors and outlines a few obstacles to their success.
Gone in a Flash: Twitpic to Shut Down Following Dispute With Twitter
Social Media

Gone in a Flash: Twitpic to Shut Down Following Dispute With Twitter

The image sharing site is closing down after Twitter requested it drop its trademark application.
What Happens When a Mall Is Split Between Two Minimum Wages?
Franchises

What Happens When a Mall Is Split Between Two Minimum Wages?

Westfield Valley Fair Mall in California is divided between two minimum wages, each with its own set of problems.
Texting and Driving? Not So Fast -- General Motors is Watching You
Technology

Texting and Driving? Not So Fast -- General Motors is Watching You

The automobile company is reportedly installing monitoring devices in its cars to ensure drivers keep their eyes on the road.
Fast-Food Workers to Strike in 150 Cities Across the U.S.
Franchises

Fast-Food Workers to Strike in 150 Cities Across the U.S.

Fast-food workers are planning a strike this week that could be the largest yet as the responsibilities of franchisors and franchisees continue to be battled in court.
France
Grow Your Business

France's New Economics Minister Proposes Increase on 35-Hour Workweeks

Days prior to taking office, Emmanuel Macron suggested that unions should vote on certain 'exceptions' to a long-running and controversial French law.
In Sexual Harassment Case, California Rules Domino
Franchises

In Sexual Harassment Case, California Rules Domino's Isn't Responsible for Misconduct

The California Supreme Court ruled that Domino's could not be held liable as an employer in an employee's sexual harassment case.
Why the Court
Franchises

Why the Court's Ruling on FedEx Drivers Could Jeopardize the Franchise Model

In the latest lawsuit that attempts to define the line between independent entrepreneur and employee, the court ruled that FedEx Ground drivers are employees, not independent contractors.
5 Ways for Bootstrapped Startups to Get Through the First Year
Starting a Business

5 Ways for Bootstrapped Startups to Get Through the First Year

If you can launch a product with limited funds, investors will take you seriously. Follow this advice to up your chances.
In $11 Billion Deal, Burger King Scoops Up Tim Hortons and Heads to Canada
Franchises

In $11 Billion Deal, Burger King Scoops Up Tim Hortons and Heads to Canada

It's official: Burger King is buying coffee and doughnuts chain Tim Hortons for approximately $11 billion, with financing help from Warren Buffet.
Are Minimum-Wage Activists Trying to Kill the Franchise Model in Seattle?
Franchises

Are Minimum-Wage Activists Trying to Kill the Franchise Model in Seattle?

The International Franchise Association claims Seattle's new minimum wage law discriminates against franchisees, and says it's all one labor union's fault.
Federal Court Shuts Down Aereo
Business News

Federal Court Shuts Down Aereo's Final Argument to Save Itself

The live TV-streaming service will have to continue its fight at the district level.
New Delaware Law Determines Where Your Digital Assets Live After You Die
Lifestyle

New Delaware Law Determines Where Your Digital Assets Live After You Die

The law grants executors precisely the same access to digital information as they would possess for comparable physical documents.
A Rant, and Some Suggestions What to Do, About Patent Trolls
Technology

A Rant, and Some Suggestions What to Do, About Patent Trolls

An entrepreneur devoted to innovation and protection of intellectual property lets loose about patent trolls and the patent system that enables them.
The Best Time to Visit Your Franchise Headquarters
Franchises

The Best Time to Visit Your Franchise Headquarters

Some advice for franchisees on how to decide whether a trip to your franchise's home turf makes sense.
California Just Passed a Bill Granting Franchisees New Rights
Franchises

California Just Passed a Bill Granting Franchisees New Rights

New California legislation makes it more difficult for franchisors to terminate franchise agreements and easier for franchisees to sell their locations.
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Arbitration
A formal dispute resolution process that's legally binding on the parties Read More »
Attorney
A person who's been formally trained in the law, especially one whose profession is advising others in matters of law... Read More »
Business License
A legal document that grants you the right to operate a business in your city... Read More »
Business Name
The name by which people know your business. Different from your dba--which is the legal name you register for your business... Read More »
Business Permits
A legal document that offers proof of compliance with certain city or state laws regulating structural appearances and safety... Read More »
Copyright
Exclusive legal rights that protect works of authorship, composition or artistry... Read More »
Corporation
A form of business operation that declares the business as a separate, legal entity... Read More »
Doing Business As (DBA)
The operating name of a company, as opposed to the legal name of the company... Read More »
Discrimination Policy
A document that outlines your company policies in regards to discrimination in hiring and management practices... Read More »
Intellectual Property
The ownership of ideas. Intellectual property is a collection of ideas and concepts... Read More »
Liability
Anything for which a company is legally bound or obligated, as to make good any loss or damage that occurs in a transaction... Read More »
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
A form of business organization with the liability-shield advantages of a corporation and the flexibility and tax pass-through advantages of a partnership... Read More »
Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)
A business organization that allows limited partners to enjoy limited personal liability while general partners have unlimited personal liability... Read More »
Noncompete Clause
Contracts between you and your employees in which your employees promise not to take what they learn while working for you and use it against... Read More »
Nonprofit Corporation
A business organization that serves some public purpose and therefore enjoys special treatment under the law. .. Read More »
Partnership
A legal form of business operation between two or more individuals who share management and profits... Read More »
Patents
A form of protection that provides a person or legal entity with exclusive rights for making, using or selling a concept or invention and excludes others from doing the same for the duration of the patent... Read More »
S Corporation
A special form of corporation that allows the protection of limited liability but direct flow-through of profits and losses... Read More »
Sole Proprietorship
A business that legally has no separate existence from its owner... Read More »
Trademark
Any symbol, word or combination thereof used to represent or identify a product. A service mark means the same thing, but identifies a service... Read More »
Zoning
The division of a city or county by legislative regulations into areas (zones), specifying the uses allowable for the property in these areas... Read More »
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