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How to Protect Your Intellectual Property Rights

Created as a pressure release for patent office overload, the controversial America Invents Act may give big business the edge in securing patents. Here's a guide to protecting your intellectual property rights in the post-act age.
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When a Win for Wal-Mart Is a Win for Small Business

The U.S. Supreme Court prevented a class action discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart from going forward. But that decision could also embolden small businesses.
Finance

Don't Let Sweat Equity Create 'Phantom Income'

How to set up an LLC without creating taxable income for your sweat-equity partner
Starting a Business

Test Your Structural Integrity

Why your business structure could be eating away at your company's bottom line
Growth Strategies

Good Sports

Who's liable for injuries to a company athletic team?
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Fee-dom of Choice

Do you know your legal service billing alternatives?
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Good Libations?

Not if you give employees too much to drink at the company holiday party. Consider these sobering facts.
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It'll Cost Ya

Know how your lawyer tallies up your legal tab.
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House Rules

Before you let your people work at home, find out what you're liable for--and cover your bases.
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Rock the Vote?

When you're trying to help get a candidate elected, noncompliance with campaign rules can cost your business a lot more than just a fat donation check.
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Search Party

If you need to find a good attorney, forget the Yellow Pages and hop online.
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Better Safe . . .

Does your product need a warning label? Don't get burned--consider all the potential dangers.
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Managing Your Lawyer: Some Finer Points

Answers to some common questions that may arise when dealing with a lawyer
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Seeking Counsel

Closing on a big deal and need an attorney? Here's how to find a deal-maker, not a deal-breaker.
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John@ v. Jane@

Is the best mediation for online arguments online?
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