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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.
Supreme Court Could Give Businesses Weapon Against Patent Trolls

Supreme Court Could Give Businesses Weapon Against Patent Trolls

On the Supreme Court's slate for this term is a decision on whether companies who prevail against patent trolls can be reimbursed for legal expenses.
Legal Basics: What You Need to Know About the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Legal Basics: What You Need to Know About the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

If you plan on running a contest, make sure your promotion is DMCA-compliant first.
How the U.S. Can Hold Foreign Laws Against You

How the U.S. Can Hold Foreign Laws Against You

The Lacey Act was the first real American conservation law, but changes in the law have made it too dangerous to conserve in its present form.
A Smarter Approach to Non-Disclosure Agreements

A Smarter Approach to Non-Disclosure Agreements

While non-disclosure agreements can help protect you, be careful about how you use them.
Tell Us: Is Intellectual Property Even Property at All?

Tell Us: Is Intellectual Property Even Property at All?

Businesses spend a lot of time and money fretting over patent issues, but perhaps the concept of intellectual property as a whole needs to be re-examined.
Safeguarding Your Brand? Avoid Intellectual Property Landmines

Safeguarding Your Brand? Avoid Intellectual Property Landmines

Your idea isn't the only thing that needs protection. Your name, your logo, your images and your sounds--are the intellectual property that makes your business your own.
Rainbow Loom Maker Sues Rival Toymaker Over Patents

Rainbow Loom Maker Sues Rival Toymaker Over Patents

Choon Ng, creator of the colorful bracelet-making kit that has become a national sensation, has accused a fellow toymaker of patent infringement.
'Broker-Dealer Lite' Legal Gray Area Puts Entrepreneurs at Risk As JOBS Act Opens Internet to Pitching Accredited Investors

'Broker-Dealer Lite' Legal Gray Area Puts Entrepreneurs at Risk As JOBS Act Opens Internet to Pitching Accredited Investors

The legality of deals can come into question if 'finders' who connect companies with investors for a fee aren't registered as broker-dealers.
Incorporating? Avoid these 5 Mistakes

Incorporating? Avoid these 5 Mistakes

Deciding when to put an Inc. at the end of your company name can seem like a big step, but those three letters can offer some precious protections.
Hiring a Lawyer: 5 Mistakes to Avoid

Hiring a Lawyer: 5 Mistakes to Avoid

Getting the best counsel for your buck is a big step for every startup. Our experts suggest 5 ways to do it right.
7 Biggest Myths Business Owners Believe About Using Copyrighted Material

7 Biggest Myths Business Owners Believe About Using Copyrighted Material

When it comes to copyright, how savvy are you? Here are the biggest misconceptions business-owners have about using copyrighted material.
What Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' Can Teach You About Stealing Ideas

What Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' Can Teach You About Stealing Ideas

No matter how much 'you know you want it,' chances are your business idea is not original. Here's what you can do to stay out of legal trouble.
How a Handshake Can Destroy Your Business

How a Handshake Can Destroy Your Business

Handshakes, verbal agreements and even email documentation aren't enough to ensure you aren't in legal trouble should a business relationship go sour. Here's how to protect yourself.
4 Steps to Deal with an Employee's Substance Abuse Problem

4 Steps to Deal with an Employee's Substance Abuse Problem

If you suspect that an employee has a drug or alcohol addiction, here are four steps to help protect your business.
Why Your Lawyer Might Be Wrong For Your Business

Why Your Lawyer Might Be Wrong For Your Business

It's easy to hire the wrong lawyer and not realize it until you've lost lots of money. Here are four signs to watch out for.

Business Crowdfunders Face Investor Liability Minefield

Plan to raise money under the JOBS Act rules? Be prepared to verify whether your investors are accredited.
Don't Launch Your Business Without Covering These Legal Bases

Don't Launch Your Business Without Covering These Legal Bases

Too many entrepreneurs risk losing their business by not taking care of these six crucial legal aspects.
Online Startup Fab Sued for Copyright Infringement, 'Unfair' Competition

Online Startup Fab Sued for Copyright Infringement, 'Unfair' Competition

The suit comes on the heels of a $150 million fundraising round and coincides with layoffs.

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