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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'

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

Keep these factors in mind while weighing your healthcare options.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

While non-disclosure agreements can help protect you, be careful about how you use them.

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

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

Choon Ng, creator of the colorful bracelet-making kit that has become a national sensation, has accused a fellow toymaker of patent infringement.

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