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    The Basics of Nondisclosure Agreements

    by on April 27, 2015

    Sometimes you have to share confidential information about your business with others, but when those occasions arise, you should do all you can to protect it so the other party can’t use it to make a profit, or to harm you or your business. That’s where a nond…

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    Entrepreneur Finds Customer Loyalty More Valuable Than Patent Protection

    by on February 4, 2015

    “It started out as a bad haircut,” says Effortless Extensions CEO and inventor Michelle Elizabeth. When her hairdresser recommended a severe cut to repair the damage from overprocessing eleven years ago, Elizabeth started looking for a way to get h…

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    How to Enforce a Non-Disclosure Agreement

    by on June 25, 2014

    It’s standard practice among companies to issue Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA) requiring employees, contract workers, investors, customers, suppliers, licensors, franchisees or partners to keep confidential any business-related information they will have a…

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    How to File a Patent on Your Idea

    by on June 25, 2014

    It’s taken you years to invent the world’s next necessity; maybe you’ve created a unique product design, a game-changing technology feature, or even spliced together a never-before-seen plant genome. Either way, you’re ready to market your innovation a…

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    8 Steps for Registering a Trademark

    by on June 25, 2014

    One of the first steps when starting your business or building your brand is coming up with a business name, designing a logo and possibly even coming up with a slogan. You should also take steps to protect your genius name and logo, and make sure it doesn…

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    The Ultimate Step-by-Step Guide to Filing a Copyright

    by on June 25, 2014

    So you’ve finished your great American novel, written revolutionary software code, recorded your new hit song or taken a dazzling photo, and now you want to protect it.
    It’s time to file for a copyright, but the process can be tedious, and if done incorre…

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    Understanding the Different Forms of Intellectual Property

    by on June 25, 2014

    Intellectual property (IP) is a creation of the mind. They are intangible assets for which exclusive rights are granted by law. These assets include artistic works, discoveries, inventions, designs, phrases, symbols, etc. Intellectual property is granted simil…

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    Contract Conundrum: Should You Sign a Non-Compete Agreement?

    by on February 6, 2014

    Freelance employment contracts often make for dull, dry reading. It can be tempting to skip poring over the details and simply sign on the dotted line, so you can get to work — and start earning money as quickly as possible.

    Resist the temptation. Some cont…

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