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If you hire a commercial real estate agent to find you just the right space, he may tell you that he will represent you in the negotiations for the lease on that space. But you need to be aware of several things before you proceed without using the services of a lawyer. Most real estate agents are not lawyers; they are not trained in the minutia of contract law. In fact, real estate agents cannot even pretend to represent you in any legal way, because that would be practicing law without a license–a crime in most states. But your future landlord Continue Reading →
So you’ve done a trademark search and found that no one owns the trademark for your company name. Is it safe (and wise) merely to buy the domain name and save the fees of registering your company name as your own trademark? The answer is, as all lawyers like to say, “It depends.” But, to put the punch line up front, notice that Network Solutions® and GoDaddy® each have registered their names as trademarks. Why do you think domain name registrars would do that? In Parts I and II of this series I discussed the requirement that you choose a company or product Continue Reading →
Trademark is one of the four types of intellectual property, and the one perhaps most visible for every company because it protects the company’s brand. Many entrepreneurs in the early stage of business try to avoid using an attorney, opting instead for do-it-yourself or economical online services – which includes filing a trademark application with the US Patent and Trademark Office. However, they get stuck if the trademark office’s examining attorney responds with a question or denial. If this happens to you, don’t panic. Get a cup of coffee and work through your options with these five tips. 1. Read the 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.