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[BONUS: I will be talking about this topic on Nov 16, 2017 at McLean Business Forum. Join me and 50+ other entrepreneurs and business leaders at 7:00AM, Courtyard Marriott, Tysons Corner, VA. Contact me for more details: email@example.com] You’re probably excited about your attention-grabbing logo or other marketing materials for your company. But do you know whether your logo is protected by copyright or trademark rights, or does it even make a difference? Most people confuse copyrights and trademarks. That is understandable because both of these types of intellectual property deal with words and images. So which registration is the right one Continue Reading →
Executive summary of this post: • The cost of complying with government regulations is always passed on to consumers. • A majority of consumers want to pay for more government regulation–we know because they vote for politicians who promise expanded regulations all the time. • Trying to lower the cost of your product by not complying with regulations may result in criminal sanctions. Conclusion: • You should pay for the cost of complying with government rules and pass those costs on to your customers. Details: In my last post I showed why you should think of all the government rules and regulations as merely a formed of Continue Reading →
In a different post I gave you 10 things to consider when you think about giving stock to employees or independent contractors. One of those considerations is whether you already have a written partnership agreement. A partnership agreement may be in the form of operating agreement for LLCs or shareholder agreement for corporations. It’s a contract among owners, specifying many details about their business relationship. Technically, a partnership agreement is not required by law. Some states, like Virginia, spell out many details for the operation of your company for you if you don’t have an agreement to override them. You will no Continue Reading →
The Purpose of Argent Place Law
Argent Place Law, PLLC serves businesses and business leaders in matters of business law, intellectual property law, and succession planning. Business law issues include contracts with customers, vendors, and partners as well as corporate law and corporate governance. Intellectual Property law issues include filings and strategic licensing for trademarks, patents and copyrights, and how to manage trade secrets. Succession planning incorporates business planning for an equity sale or asset sale as well as the integration of the business succession plan with personal estate planning through wills and trusts.