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Larry Donahue is an attorney and founder of Law 4 Small Business, P.C. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois, New Mexico and the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Can Trademarks be Anonymous?

The short answer is “yes,” but it is important to understand what Anonymity means and the limitations. We form a lot of Anonymous LLCs for our clients, and the primary benefit of an Anonymous LLC is that the ownership information of the LLC is not disclosed to the public by the relevant Secretary of State’s […]

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What is a Domicile Address, and is it Needed, in a Trademark Application?

Here’s what the USPTO says about a domicile address: Applicant must provide applicant’s domicile address. All applications must include the applicant’s domicile address, and domicile dictates whether an applicant is required to have an attorney who is an active member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a U.S. state or […]

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What is Likelihood of Confusion in Trademark Law?

This is a very important concept, and often misunderstood by new business owners trying to come up with a new name for their company, product or service. The law says that you cannot use a name (or mark) that is “confusingly similar” to a pre-existing trademark. What is “confusingly similar?” What we care about is […]

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Information Used to Attack Judge’s Family Gathered Via Online Search.

Are Anonymous LLC’s The Answer to Protecting Personal Privacy in the Digital Age?  Two weeks ago, the doorbell rang at US District Court Judge Esther Salas’s home in New Jersey.  At the door, posing as a delivery person, was a gunman.  As the door was opened, the man fired on Judge Salas’s husband and 20-year-old […]

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Playing Background Music At Your Business? You Might Be Breaking The Law.

Music is the universal language.  Regardless of race, religion or nationality, music moves us, inspires us and can even influence our behaviors. If you own a business and play music, you stand to benefit from an array of positive results ranging from increased sales, more satisfied customers, even happier employees. The experience of entering a […]

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Doing Business in California Anonymously

If you’re a resident of California and you want to do business anonymously, you need to be careful how you set up your company structure. The reason for this, is that the State of California has a very long-arm statute that says you’re “doing business” in the State of California for a variety of financial […]

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Investor, Partner or Vendor? How to Contribute to a Company and Benefit By It.

Whether you are an engineer, scientist, artist, developer, financial whiz or just someone with a useful asset, odds are you’ve been asked to join, help or participate in a startup company. If so, and you’re wondering what options are available to participate, this blog article is for you. First, Evaluate Your Personal Preferences Before I […]

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How Do I Add New Owners to a LLC?

This is a good question, and the answer can be easy or it can be complicated. It also depends on the status of the existing LLC. Ask yourself the following questions: Currently a Sole Member LLC? First, if the existing LLC is a sole-member LLC, then note that you will (1) probably need to revise […]

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Amazon to Start Displaying Sellers’ Names and Addresses on September 1, 2020

Sellers can maintain personal privacy and shield themselves from harassment by utilizing the Anonymous LLC. Beginning September 1, 2020, Amazon will display a seller’s business name and address on their Amazon.com Seller Profile page. For individuals, Amazon will display the individual name and address associated with the Amazon seller (typically a home address). Amazon is making this […]

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What Is a Land Lord’s Lien?

Most commercial leases include a Land Lord’s Lien Clause and many business owners don’t understand that magnitude of it. A Land Lord’s Lien is generally a clause written into a lease. What the clause does is allow a Land Lord to keep the property within a leased space should the tenant default on the payment […]

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