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Does my company website need a terms of use agreement?

Does my company website need a terms of use agreement?

We’ve discussed why your company website or app needs a privacy policy (hint: because if you’re collecting personal data, even just email addresses for your newsletter, you’re legally required to have one!). But what about one of those “terms of use “ or “terms and...

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Does My Company Website Need a Privacy Policy?

Does My Company Website Need a Privacy Policy?

You may ask yourself "does my company website need a privacy policy?" Does your company have a website or mobile app? Are you collecting personal data from website visitors? If the answer is yes, then you are required by law to have a privacy policy. What is a privacy...

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The business lawyer as a counselor

The business lawyer as a counselor

When I was in law school, I learned to apply legal precedents to individual cases (“fact patterns”) to best advocate for clients—we didn’t even brush on how to best give guidance or advice. As we are known as “counselors at law,” I find this lack of educational focus...

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Legal checklist for new businesses

Legal checklist for new businesses

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. ~Mark Twain If you are finally ready to take the plunge and start that new business you've been dreaming about, congratulations! Embracing the world of...

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Work-for-hire agreements and IP

Work-for-hire agreements and IP

If your new product or service hinges on the work of employees, you need a work-for-hire agreement. In short, these agreements clearly delineate that any product developed by an employee becomes the intellectual property of the company and not the employee. Without a...

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Be aware of enabling public disclosure

Be aware of enabling public disclosure

If you are still in the product development phase, you will want to be careful about how much information you share in public venues because it can impact your ability to patent your product later. If you display your prototype at a trade show or discuss it at length...

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Importance of International Trademark Protection

Importance of International Trademark Protection

The importance of international trademark protection, and what is the best option for your business? A trademark is a source indicator to distinguish an entity’s goods and services from others. It is also known as a brand (think Oreos for cookies, Spotify as a music...

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Export Compliance for U.S. eCommerce Sellers

Export Compliance for U.S. eCommerce Sellers

Any entity that sells any goods outside of the United States (including Canada) would be wise to prepare an export compliance plan that considers the U.S. and foreign country export laws and compares it to the organization’s activity. U.S. laws and regulations require...

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Export Compliance for U.S. eCommerce Sellers

Export Compliance for U.S. eCommerce Sellers

Any entity that sells any goods outside of the United States (including Canada) would be wise to prepare an export compliance plan that considers the U.S. and foreign country export laws and compares it to the organization’s activity. U.S. laws and regulations require...