Category: Entrepreneurship

[Startup Funding] How Do New Patent Laws Affect Your Ability to Raise Money?

[Link: AIA Impact on Start Up Capital – Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.] Does the American Invents Act help or hinder startups and emerging growth companies in their efforts to raise capital? Yes and yes, explains Robert Sterne of law firm Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox in the above video. Here’s how: AIA can… Read more »

[FMLA Watch] 5 Warnings for Employers

Employers and HR managers know: keeping up with changing employment regulations can be challenging. One of the biggest culprits? The ever-evolving Family and Medical Leave Act, which can create significant problems for companies that fail to respond to new rules and interpretations of the Act. The solution? Start here – heed these five FMLA warnings… Read more »

You Have a Great Name for a Terrific Product – Here’s How to Protect It…

“The strongest and most easily protectable types of marks are fanciful marks and arbitrary marks, because they are inherently distinctive. These marks are also easier to register because it is more unlikely that someone else has registered something similar.” (Sands Anderson) Got a terrific product and a great name for it? Excellent! Protecting that name… Read more »

Business Owners: What Keeps You Up at Night? [Poll]

Which legal issues give you the biggest headaches? While you’re thinking about your response, here are a handful of recent legal updates on these very topics: Business Formation: Key Tips for Developing Business Plans for Entrepreneurs, Investors & Business Owners – Scott Legal Services, P.C. California’s New LLC Act Adds Confusion and Effects Little Change… Read more »

Microbrewers: The Recipe for Craft Beers Includes Trademark Protection…

There’s not enough beer on this blog. Let’s change that. [Link: The Ska / DuClaw Trademark Dispute Over EUPHORIA, Trademark Lessons for the Craft Brewer] First, Brian Gregg from law firm McNees Wallace & Nurick gives an overview of the basic steps every craft brewer should take to protect their trademarks. One key takeaway: one… Read more »

Funding Your Startup: You Should Know…

“You’ve even formed a company to develop your concept into a working technology. Now what? You’ll need money to support yourself, recruit a team, rent space, obtain equipment, and build your technology.” (Ervin Cohen & Jessup) Entrepreneurs know that a great business idea doesn’t get very far without funding. But what to know about funding… Read more »

5 Tips for Building Success into Your Business Succession Plan

“In order to design and implement a successful business succession plan one must cover a wide variety of specialties, not only including accounting and legal expertise, but also investment banking advice, valuation estimates, family business assistance (to deal with family tensions and conflicts), and, last but not least, insurance matters.” (Burr & Forman) Whether you’re… Read more »

Small Businesses Get One More Year to Offer Tax-Free Investments

“Among the taxpayer-favorable aspects of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, the 100 percent exclusion from gross income of gain on the sale of Qualified Small Business Stock (QSBS), provided for in section 1202 of the Internal Revenue Code, was extended for an additional year. Therefore, gain from the sale of QSBS purchased during… Read more »

Small Business Taxes: Five Ways to Prepare for Taxmageddon

The end of year is coming, and – if our representatives in Washington continue their shenanigans and political posturing at the edge of the fiscal cliff – it will bring major changes to small business tax laws. As a business owner what can you to protect your interests? Here are five considerations: 1. Convert your… Read more »

JOBS Act Update: SEC Proposes Rule to End Advertising Ban for Stock Offerings

In late August, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed a new rule that would lift the long-standing ban on advertising private securities offerings. The rule, the first of a number of planned regulatory changes designed to help small and emerging growth companies raise capital as mandated by the JOBS Act, is open to public comment… Read more »

Social Media Law: Interesting Updates As Seen on Twitter

 There’s much to consider at the intersection of digital media and the law: data privacy, employee rights, consumer protections, intellectual property, defamation, NLRB labor rules, international regulations, crowdfunding concerns, emerging mobile tech laws … For a closer look at these issues (and others), we give you – without even the faintest trace of irony –… Read more »

SBA Celebrates America’s Small Businesses

It’s National Small Business Week, and the Small Business Administration is throwing a party. Guess what: you don’t have to be in DC to join the festivities; follow along via the SBA’s live webcast. We’re joining the National Small Business Week party, too. Thought we’d bring along this tasty little roundup of advisories regarding SBA… Read more »

Passing the Torch: How to Plan a Successful Transition of Your Family-Owned Businesses

A key challenge facing many entrepreneurs and small business owners – sooner or later – has nothing to do with running the shop. It’s handing the business off to the next generation. But structuring a transition that will ensure the survival of the company (and the family!) doesn’t happen on its own. For your reference,… Read more »