by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on February 28, 2015

Basic Training: Pursuing Patent Protection . . . 20 Years Later?

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Q.:  I’m wondering– is it still possible that I can capitalize on an idea/concept that is 21 years old.  I was diligent in obtaining corporate backing-so I contacted several corporations that were big in the industry. I was trying to indulge in as many contacts as possible. I guess I talked to the wrong person […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on February 27, 2015

Getting the most from your attorney

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Okay, I get it.  We’re a big ticket item.  We come with a bad reputation.  We can be nasty and ugly (although I’m kinda cute) and speak in a strange jargon . . . where it seems we’re deliberately trying to play intellectual one-upmanship games with you to let you know who’s the smartest guy/gal […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on February 26, 2015

Stop Selling; Start Partnering

Never mind the book (although I’m sure it’s great) — here’s a delightful and intelligent book review of Larry Wilson’s Stop Selling – Start Partnering by Jim Hassett. Although Jim’s professional focus is on law firm marketing, he raises pertinent questions that apply to any company seeking to provide greater value to clients, and who want […]

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Q.:  Can Subchapter S retired stock be un-retired?   A.:  Generally, when you have gone through a stock transfer to sell your shares back to a corporation, when you later buy back in to the company ownership, the corporation simply issues new shares to reflect the new purchase. In an ideal world, when someone sells […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on February 24, 2015

Are there obstacles to company ownership if I’m not a U.S. citizen?

Q.:  I’m a Canadian wanting to buy a small to medium-size business. Are there restrictions to purchasing a U.S.-based company? I have no credit history in the U.S. I have $300,000 to $500,000 to invest. I’ve also heard that any non-U.S. citizen who invests more than $100,000 in a business gets fast-tracked for a green […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on February 23, 2015

Nothing is wasted

My life has become an M. Night Shyamalan film. More specifically, Signs. If you’ve never seen it (and no worries about a spoiler alert, here), it involves a former priest, Graham (played by Mel Gibson), whose wife died in a horrific car accident. He has two children: a son, Morgan, who is asthmatic; and a […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on February 22, 2015

Getting Paid in a Tough Economy

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Cash (flow) is king, especially in a challenging economy. But there are ways you can ensure that you get paid in a timely manner.  Jamie Herzlich’s article in Newsday gives some handy pointers, including: Staying on top of unpaid invoices Developing a system for handling them Putting payment plans in place ASAP (if full payment […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on February 21, 2015

Jerked Around by a Business Partner

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From the “No good deed goes unpunished” department: Q: I deposited more than $20,000 into my business partner’s account under the impression that he would add my name to the new company and to the house I had paid off for him and that he would put my name on the new car title,  too. […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on February 20, 2015

Create an Environment for High Performance

The word “motivate” means “to stimulate towards action.”  I emphasize towards because too often, we hear of stories where it’s only the threat of the lash (and termination) that keeps employees in their seats … for fear of losing their income. But that’s not motivation—as in moving forward.  That approach doesn’t bring your team happily […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on February 19, 2015

Why pole dancing is part of my New Year’s resolution

“Pole dancing? Pole dancing would be considered fun! Where’s the risk in pole dancing?” Nelly cries. Nelly’s the CTO of Webgrrls International and the TechSpeak Bootcamp. We’re sipping hot mint tea in a cozy Upper West Side café. Two women business leaders, finally meeting face-to-face after months of email exchange. “W-w-w-ell, it would totally challenge […]

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