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What is TEAS Plus When Filing a Trademark Application?

In the past, we have talked about many different trademark topics.  When looking at trademarks themselves, we have discussed the difference between ® and TM.  After a trademark has been filed, we have written various blogs about office actions and how to respond to them, including, likelihood of confusions rejections in trademark applications, non-distinct office […]

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Law 4 All Summer Sales Event Is Happening Now!

20% off online products and services this 4th of July weekend. Enter Coupon Code: LAW4ALL20 at checkout. Now is your chance to save on the services and products you need for your business! Human Resource Services, Business Formations, Contract Review, Attorney Consultations, Trademarks, Copyrights and much, much more! Some exclusions apply. Check out our terms […]

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Big Trademark Win For Dot-Com Brand Names

New Supreme Court Ruling Is A Victory For Dot-Com. The US Supreme Court just ruled that ‘Booking.com’ can be federally trademarked.  The USPTO had rejected the mark ‘Booking.com’ as being a generic term for travel reservation with a simple dot-com attached at the end.  A generic trademark is a mark that has become generic and […]

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Why Can’t I Just Terminate My Lease?

Wanting out of your commercial lease does not mean you can get out. Needing to terminate a commercial lease comes up often, and especially now with the current situation in the world. The bottom line is, commercial leases are governed primarily and solely by the lease itself, unlike residential tenants who enjoy certain protections under […]

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What is an Advocate?

An Advocate is someone who works on behalf of another person.  People in need of advocates are usually members of a population that may have significant challenges or roadblocks to resources, understanding or navigation within the legal system.   Common Types of Populations That Benefit from Advocate Help: Children  Abuse victims Poor Disabled Victims of crimes […]

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Can You Fire An Employee For Being Racist?

As an employer, it is well within your rights to terminate employees for essentially exercising very poor judgement, exposing and embarrassing themselves and, by proxy, the company they work for. Michael Henkel, Lisa Alexander, Robert Larkins and Amy Cooper. Do their names sound familiar? Chances are you may recognize these folks less by their names […]

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Employees Lying on LinkedIn. Should Employers Care?

More and more often I find myself sitting, mouth agape, absolutely mesmerized by what I find when looking at the LinkedIn profiles of people I am familiar with.  Specifically, their self-stated and fully fictitious resumes, experience, and education.  Social media, by its nature, is deceptive.  (Have you looked at the pictures on Instagram and Facebook […]

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Pay-if-paid vs. Pay-when-paid in Construction Contracts

What every subcontractor really needs to understand. One little word in a contract can make a big difference. Take for example the word “if” and the word “when”. If you are a subcontractor, your ability to get paid and when that payment will happen is dependent on whether the word “if” or the word “when” […]

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How to Handle a Reference Call On The Employee You Fired.

Consider the notion that no good deed or lapse in professionalism usually goes unpunished. Is there anything more dreaded for a business owner or manager than to have to put up with and eventually terminate a bad employee? Maybe. How about the uncomfortable reference check or inquiry regarding your old problematic employee? The situation gets […]

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What Is an Annual Report and Why Is It Important?

Some states call it an Annual Report.  Other states refer to it as an Annual Registration or Statement of Information. At the end of the day, they are all essentially the same thing. An Annual Report, or whatever your state wants to call it, is information that business entities (Limited Liability Companies, Corporations, Non-Profits, and Partnerships) […]

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