intellectual property

I’ll be speaking to Dawn Fotopulos‘s FastTrac class (part of the Levin Institute) next Wednesday the 22nd on the subject of “Protecting Your Intellectual Property — Online and Off.” It’s a big, delicious, meaty topic–much like a succulent sirloin steak (apologies to any vegetarians)–with lots to chew on. I could cover: What are the different […]

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Collaborating with another company on a project can give your business a powerful boost in visibility, creativity (sometimes, two heads really are better than one), and potential clients. But in their excitement, many small business owners overlook the fact that, in the process, they are creating something new. And just as human children need our […]

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For anyone who ever doubted the benefit of confidentiality agreements, the case of Chris Botticella, former Thomas’ English Muffin executive should put the doubts to rest. As recently reported in the New York Times, Botticella was one of a small handful of people who knew the entire “nook and cranny” secret.  He signed a confidentiality […]

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More and more, a company’s most important asset is its intellectual property. But what, exactly, is intellectual property, and what are the different ways to protect it? Check out this intellectual property law primer through The Professional Network/Small Business Resource Center . . . and talk to an attorney about your options.

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Business law has become so complicated – how can you keep it all straight? Add to that the mountain of tasks that a small business needs to take care of – legal duties that you, as the business owner, may not even be aware of! That’s where an attorney can help, to ensure that your […]

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Should you freely, readily, easily share your intellectual property? Does “share, share; that’s fair” apply to the board room as well as the dining room? Methinks not. This short video explains why. Am I being overly cautious? (No surprise, given my legal training). Or worse—selfish? (With a wink to Ayn Rand). Be sure to post […]

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Tired of the time-for-dollars model in your service business? Fed up with feast-or-famine in your cash flow? Eager to discover alternative ways to have greater impact and income? Listen in as we interview Sarah Farzam, the Founder and Director of Bilingual Birdies, a foreign language and live music program for young children in New York […]

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I was asked recently in my Forbes.com Ask An Expert column whether you could copyright something you didn’t write.  The short answer is “no,” unless you’ve carved out a “work for hire” exception.  This is particularly relevant for entrepreneurs who outsource to freelancers for their projects. When you hire a freelancer to do work for […]

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You may roll your eyes and picture your grandmother waggling her finger in your face saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, young lady,” but she was right. How simple would it have been to floss regularly, instead of having to go through the time and expense of filling a cavity? My husband […]

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This tragic story of insufficient planning is just another example from the Department of Not-Beginning-With-The-End-In-Mind. So many entrepreneurs get all “over the moon” about getting launched and off the ground that they ignore thoughts about their exit strategy. What do they want to get out of the business? How will they exit? Will they sell the […]

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