by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on September 30, 2014

Basic Training: The Catch with Provisional Patents

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Q:  I have invented something that could almost be considered reinventing the wheel.  Here is my question.  If I built and used my own invention (not just a prototype), would I still have protection if I only have a provisional patent on it? I don’t want to manufacture it myself; I want to sell the […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on September 29, 2014

How would you handle The Honey Cake Fiasco?

Last week, my rabbi, Frank Tamburello, shared his recipe for honey cake: Put a bunch of ingredients into a bowl. Mix. Pour into a greased pan. Bake. How difficult can it be? I thought. I, who have probably used my oven a grand total of 7 times in the past 20 years. Eager to play, […]

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Q.:  My business is a tattoo parlor/coffee shop/art gallery/live music venue. No alcohol is served and all ages are welcome. I have obtained the proper retail business licensing.  Do I need any other business licensing? The fire marshal shut down one of our shows because I didn’t have a “license to assemble.” As far as […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on September 28, 2014

Basic Training: Ask, Don’t Take

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Once again, I’m asked whether you can take what someone else has made and simply sell it to a new market . . . even (and especially) if the original manufacturer hasn’t had the wisdom to move into the new area.  Just think of the money they’re leaving on the table! Unfortunately, in many cases, […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on September 27, 2014

Avoiding ‘Business Divorce’–Tomorrow at 2 p.m. ET

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Have questions about business partnerships you’d want to “Ask The Business Lawyer“?  Listen in–TOMORROW, 7/30 at 2 p.m. Eastern, I’ll be on BlogTalkRadio, speaking with The Sassy Ladies about “Business Prenups: How They Can Save Your Business From Going Bust!” Business partners are like spouses: Choose the wrong one, and you’re in for a hellish ride. Your […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on September 26, 2014

Do I need special business licensing for an online retail business?

Q.:  What business licensing is generally required to run an online retail business? I want to run this business out of my home starting out and then eventually expand to a retail store   A.:  Generally, the business licensing required for an online retail business is not substantially different than a storefront business: You will […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on September 25, 2014

Five Rules for Collecting Late Payments

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Let’s face it: Once you’re headed to the courthouse to collect a bad debt, you’ve lost. Lost, because you rarely, if ever, get 100 cents on the dollar. Lost, because you lost time and energy dealing with the situation. Lost, because you had a client who likely will never return. As Monica Mehta writes in […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on September 24, 2014

Some industry greats talk about pushing through breakdowns…

Tell us your story Breakthrough story at: https://www.facebook.com/AskTheBusinessLawyer    

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on September 24, 2014

Basic Training: T is for Tough Choices

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I’ve been on a murder mystery/detective fiction kick for a bit. Having just devoured Sue Grafton’s T is for Trespass (and she’s already written books A-S), I realized that we’re both nearing the end of the alphabet. Today’s Basic Training–which brings me, like Grafton, to the letter “T”–involves a not-so-basic situation: What do you do […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on September 23, 2014

Basic Training: Educating Yourself With The Right Stuff

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NO, you don’t have to do learn it all yourself, do it all yourself when it comes to growing your business.  If you learn one lesson for 2010 and take it to heart and put it into practice, it’s that.  Educate yourself on the coattails of those who have gone before you. Here are 20 […]

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