A complete guide for small businesses and startups on how to choose a business name, how to register for nationwide protection of a trademark, how to secure a domain name, and how to deal with infringing use by others.
Whether you are in the world of business or creative arts, you need to understand the laws that govern your work. This is the best book for entrepreneurs and business people to keep on their shelf for when they need understandable legal explanations as well as basic legal overviews and application filing instructions.
The all-in-one business law book! When you run a small business, legal questions crop up almost on a daily basis. Ignoring them can threaten your enterprise—but hiring a lawyer to help with routine issues can devastate the bottom line. Fortunately, you have a better alternative. Legal Guide for Starting & Running a Small Business clearly explains how to: raise start-up money pick the right business structure get licenses and permits negotiate a favorable lease protect yourself with the right insurance create binding contracts hire, fire, and manage employees cope with financial problems protect your personal assets, and save on business taxes. The 15th edition is completely updated with the latest business tax rules and numbers, including options for members of husband and wife LLCs, rules for depreciating and expensing business assets, and best practices for classifying workers (as employee or independent contractor).
Understanding Trademark Law is a comprehensive and up-to-date guide to the law of trademarks and unfair competition. It provides a thorough introduction to the federal laws protecting registered trademarks and trade dress, as well as the broad array of federal and state unfair competition doctrines which protect unregistered trademarks and trade dress. Coverage includes the standards and procedures for obtaining federal registration, the rights and remedies available to owners of both registered and common law marks under federal and state law, and the full array of applicable defenses. The text examines both the substantive and procedural rules governing traditional claims for infringement of trademarks and trade dress, as well as claims of dilution, false advertising, and cybersquatting. This is a detailed and sophisticated, yet concise, treatment of the rapidly expanding area of trademark and unfair competition law. All assertions in the text are supported by precise citations to the relevant authorities. In addition to providing a thorough explanation of the fundamentals of each topic, the text identifies those areas in which the law remains unsettled due to conflicting or sparse authorities, makes note of circuit splits and emerging trends in the law, and points the reader toward additional authorities that will enhance his or her understanding of each topic. This text is suitable as an introduction to the field, as a practitioner's desk book, or as a study aid to accompany any of the standard casebooks on the subject.
This first-of-its-kind treatment of U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Proceedings (TTAB) is written by a veritable â€˜Whoâ€™s Whoâ€™ of trademark lawyers and specialists in the practice. It combines legal expertise with practical insights on all facets of TTAB practice and procedure, providing insightful commentary on each facet of Board practice, including inter partes proceedings; disclosures and discovery; motion practice; evidence and the use of experts; oral arguments; appeals; settlement and alternative dispute; and ethics. Each chapter includes a checklist of items that should be considered during each stage of a Board proceeding.
A Practical Guide to Trademark Management for Attorneys and Paralegals
Author: Carol Chadirjian
We come in contact with many trademarks each day on television, retail stores, Internet. The Business of Trademarks explains why trademarks are so important to businesses and how they identify the manufacturer and guarantee consistent quality to achieve brand loyalty. The Business of Trademarks is intended as a practical guide for those new to trademarks, including attorneys, paralegals and law students requiring a concise, comprehensive book on trademark prosecution to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to perform day-to-day trademark work diligently, confidently and with efficiency. Specific topics covered are: * Trademark searching for clearance * Forms to be filed with the Patent and Trademark Office * Famous trademarks and trade dress * Responding to office actions * Methods of enforcing trademarks * Trademarks in commercial transactions Business of Trademarks is unique from other publications because it explains trademark management from a hands-on approach, including administrative duties which few attorneys handle themselves.
10 Crucial Strategies to Survive Hard Times Or Close Down & Move on
Author: Ralph E. Warner,Bethany K. Laurence
Category: Business & Economics
Written by a business owner who has survived three decades of challenges, this resource provides 12 no-nonsense strategies for small business owners on protecting personal assets from creditors and surviving the current recession.
Providing for Your Spouse & Children in a Second Marriage
Author: Richard E. Barnes
Targeting parents in second marriages who want to provide for their current spouse and their children from both marriages, the author provides sample estate plans and covers such topics as estate and gift taxes in a second marriage, choosing executors and trustees, the latest federal and state laws, and much more. 15,000 first printing. Original.
The quick reference to employment law for anyone who oversees workers. Whether you're managing workers or working in the HR department, The Manager's Legal Handbook is the perfect introduction to supervising employees and independent contractors safely and legally. Need some information about overtime? Want some useful ideas on workplace policies? Have a question about trade secrets and need the answer now? This one-of-a-kind book provides everything you need to stay within the bounds of the law, including: frequently asked questions concise articles helpful tips "lessons from the real world" dozens of resources, online and off Designed for managers and supervisors who need answers quickly, as well as professionals pursuing a career in human resources, The Manager's Legal Handbook covers hiring, firing and everything in between. The 5th edition is completely overhauled to provide quick answers to the questions that managers encounter every day. It includes updated 50-state legal charts and new sections on setting pay and communicating with employees.
What copyright law protects....and doesn't No writers like to see their hard work or creativity copied by others - or to be accused of copying. Fortunately, The Copyright Handbook provides everything you need to protect yourself! Find information and forms to help you: register your work maximize copyright protection transfer ownership of copyright avoid infringement deal with infringers understand the "fair use" rule get permission to use copyrighted work profit from your copyright This edition is updated to provide the latest copyright regulations, forms and rules for filing a copyright application.
Incorporate Your Business is the easy-to-read guide to forming a corporation in any state. It takes readers through the entire process, step by step and in plain English. When they're finished, their businesses will enjoy: -- unique tax benefits -- investment attraction -- immediate organization -- corporate income splitting -- and moreThe book provides all the Articles, bylaws and minutes anyone needs, as tear-outs and on CD-ROM.
Useful tips and step-by-step guidance from filing to issue to license Acquire and protect your share of this major business asset Want to secure and exploit the intellectual property rights due you or your company? This easy-to-follow guide shows you how — helping you to evaluate your idea's commercial potential, conduct patent and trademark searches, document the invention process, license your IP rights, and comply with international laws. Plus, you get detailed examples of each patent application type! Discover how to: Avoid application blunders Register trademarks and copyrights Meet patent requirements Navigate complex legal issues Protect your rights abroad The entire body of U.S. patent laws Example office actions and amendments Sample forms Trademark registration certificates Application worksheets See the CD appendix for details and complete system requirements. Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.
Explains the basics of trademark law, provides information needed to fill out an application, gives instructions for filing an application electronically with TEAS, and tells how to protect a trademark from copiers
User friendly and loaded with tips, this guidebook helps aspiring entrepreneurs launch a business quickly, easily, and with confidence. Includes information on choosing a business type, write and effective business plan, acquire good bookkeeping skills, and more. Includes all forms and instructions, both tear-outs on on CD-ROM.
Every year, 6 million companies and more than 100,000 products are launched. They all need an awesome name, but many (such as Xobni, Svbtle, and Doostang) look like the results of a drunken Scrabble game. In this entertaining and engaging book, ace naming consultant Alexandra Watkins explains how anyone—even noncreative types—can create memorable and buzz-worthy brand names. No degree in linguistics required. The heart of the book is Watkins's proven SMILE and SCRATCH Test—two acronyms for what makes or breaks a name. She also provides up-to-date advice, like how to make sure that Siri spells your name correctly and how to nab an available domain name. And you'll see dozens of examples—the good, the bad, and the “so bad she gave them an award.” Alexandra Watkins is not afraid to name names.