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Growing Your Business When You Can't Trademark Your Name

Lack of a trademark your name doesn't have to stop your company's growth.
Time to Send Out 1099s: What to Know

Time to Send Out 1099s: What to Know

This is the month get your 1099s out to your vendors. We break down what you need to know and do.
More Bad News for Patent Trolls

More Bad News for Patent Trolls

On Monday, both the Supreme Court and New York State took a crack at trolling.
Aereo Just Raised $34 Million to Expand 50 Percent in Next 3 Months

Aereo Just Raised $34 Million to Expand 50 Percent in Next 3 Months

Broadcasters want the U.S. Supreme Court to shut down Aereo, but investors are placing a big bet on its future survival.
Facebook Sued for Allegedly Using Your Private Messages to Trigger Ads

Facebook Sued for Allegedly Using Your Private Messages to Trigger Ads

How much access is Facebook giving advertisers to your 'private' messages?
How to Keep Your Startup's Secrets Private

How to Keep Your Startup's Secrets Private

Our expert attorney Peter Buckland discusses how startups should go about divulging startup secrets to investors, business partners and others.
Figuring Out How to Divvy Up Startup Equity

Figuring Out How to Divvy Up Startup Equity

When launching a startup, often founders need to offer up equity to employees in lieu of big salaries. Our legal expert Peter Buckland offers up advice on how to approach equity option pools.
Are You Putting Your Company's Good Standing At Risk?

Are You Putting Your Company's Good Standing At Risk?

It can take hours, and hundreds of dollars in added fees, to try to figure out why your company has been placed in bad standing by the state. Here's how to avoid that.
In New Lawsuit, Beastie Boys Say GoldieBlox Acted 'Despicably With Oppression, Fraud and Malice'

In New Lawsuit, Beastie Boys Say GoldieBlox Acted 'Despicably With Oppression, Fraud and Malice'

The legal battle continues over the toy maker's use of 'Girls' in a video that went viral.
How to Negotiate a Lease -- A Beginner's Guide for Retailers

How to Negotiate a Lease -- A Beginner's Guide for Retailers

Negotiating a lease can be as simple as buying a toothbrush or as complicated as buying a new car. These tips can help simplify the process.
5 Year-End Tax Tips to Get You Ready for 2014

5 Year-End Tax Tips to Get You Ready for 2014

Taking some time now to get your finances and taxes in order can bring substantial savings come tax season.
Jon Lech Johansen (a.k.a. 'DVD-Jon') on Starting Up as a Self-Taught Engineer

Jon Lech Johansen (a.k.a. 'DVD-Jon') on Starting Up as a Self-Taught Engineer

A self-taught engineer turned entrepreneur who helped unlock protected DVDs in the '90s shares his thoughts on programming, startup VISAs and whom he admires in tech.
Have a Burning Business Question? Ask the Expert: Peter Buckland

Have a Burning Business Question? Ask the Expert: Peter Buckland

Lawyer Peter Buckland wants to answer your big startup questions about allocating equity, setting up a board of directors, raising capital and intellectual property.
GoldieBlox Removes Popular Video After Legal Fight With the Beastie Boys

GoldieBlox Removes Popular Video After Legal Fight With the Beastie Boys

In a message posted to its site, the girls game-maker says 'we don’t want to fight.'

GoldieBlox and Beastie Boys In Copyright Infringement Fight Over Viral Video

The girls game-maker takes some heat after a video it produced has received more than 7 million views on YouTube.
Will the New Patent Law Kill the Garage Inventor and Startup?

Will the New Patent Law Kill the Garage Inventor and Startup?

Congress got it wrong when it harmonized U.S. patent laws with the rest of the world. Now, startups and American inventors are at a disadvantage.
Startups Eschew the Made in America Label

Startups Eschew the Made in America Label

For a variety of reasons, some U.S.-based startups are choosing to source their companies' products overseas. Doing so, however, comes at a price. Here's how three young founders are making it work.
NFL, MLB to Supreme Court: If Aereo Wins You'll Have to Watch Sports on Cable

NFL, MLB to Supreme Court: If Aereo Wins You'll Have to Watch Sports on Cable

The leagues said they'll take their programming elsewhere if the live TV internet streaming service is allowed to continue its operations.
How to Run a Productive Internship Program and Stay Out of Legal Trouble

How to Run a Productive Internship Program and Stay Out of Legal Trouble

A student internship program can be a great asset for your company, but if not run properly, it can jeopardize the wellbeing of your entire business.
5 Hiring Practices to Keep You Out of Hot Water With the IRS

5 Hiring Practices to Keep You Out of Hot Water With the IRS

Distinguishing between independent contractors and employees properly means covering all your bases. Here are five important steps to take.
5 Tips for Businesses Navigating Obamacare

5 Tips for Businesses Navigating Obamacare

Keep these factors in mind while weighing your healthcare options.
The Road Ahead For Entrepreneurs And Tax Reform

The Road Ahead For Entrepreneurs And Tax Reform

Tax reform is happening. Kind of. And slowly. Here are some predictions of how it might all play out.
Why Intellectual Property Allows You to Be An Entrepreneur

Why Intellectual Property Allows You to Be An Entrepreneur

Some argue you can't patent an idea, but if IP laws didn't exist, would you even be in business?
7 Ways to Save Big Bucks On a Patent Attorney

7 Ways to Save Big Bucks On a Patent Attorney

It's easy to run up the bills when hiring a patent attorney. Here are some steps to keep you from blowing your whole budget.
Digital TV Startup Aereo May Wind Up in the Supreme Court

Digital TV Startup Aereo May Wind Up in the Supreme Court

Aereo won a court victory in Boston today, but the fight over the startup's ability to provide digital streams of broadcast signals is far from over.

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