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What do I do if someone is copying my website?

Your company’s website is one of the most important pieces of your Business Plan. With more and more news of “The Retail Apocalypse” hitting brick and mortar stores like Sears, J.C. Penney, and Victoria’s Secret; it’s important to ensure your website is bringing you the business you need while simultaneously standing out from the competition. […]

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Beware of Nominee Services

Why the Small Business Owner Should Think Twice About Handing Their Company Over to Online Strangers. Nominee Services are common in the legal and financial fields.  Basically, they allow companies to elect another party to do tasks for them.  Generally, this allows the company to remain anonymous in such transactions. They are quite common place […]

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Ask A Lawyer with Ian Alden

In our third installment of “Ask a Lawyer” we featured questions from Ian Alden. [Read it here: Ask A Lawyer with Ian Alden] Since his admission to the State Bar of NM in 2015, he has represented individuals and small business clients in a wide variety of matters ranging from personal injury and civil rights […]

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When Partnerships Go Bad

I find myself writing about my clients and their Business Partnerships that went bad with the same sentiment and phrases that I would probably tell the story of my failed marriage with.   They all start out the same. On paper, they seemed so right.  Similar background, seemingly shared goals and vison for the future.  Seemingly […]

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Banking and the Small Business Owner

The Corporate Veil:  Don’t pierce it! “Piercing the Corporate Veil” refers to the situation when a court puts aside the protections that are normally associated with an incorporation.  The very reason you went to the trouble and expense to incorporate in the first place will be rendered void if you do not routinely exercise a […]

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What is a Trade Secret?

Trade secrets are a type of intellectual property (IP), but unlike the other types (copyrights, trademarks, and patent), there is no filing with the government to protect your rights.  A trade secret can by any formula, practice, process, design, instrument, pattern, commercial method, or compilation of information that is not commonly known and that was […]

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Ask A Lawyer with David Richter

In our second segment of “Ask a Lawyer” we featured questions from David Richter. David graduated from the University of California at Davis School of Law (J.D., 2005) where he served as student coordinator for the King Hall Immigration Clinic and assisted in the creation of an advocacy unit for non-citizen criminal defendants. After graduating, […]

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What is the supplemental register for trademarks?

When one door closes another opens… So, you’ve received a rejection on your trademark application stating that the mark is descriptive.  You can try to overcome the rejection, but if you’re unsuccessful, one option may be to move the mark to the supplemental register. “Since the enactment of the law in 1946, the Supplemental Register […]

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Non-Distinct Office Actions

We discussed on our previous post what an Office Action is when it comes to your trademark application.  Now, let’s take a little deeper look at the different types of office actions you may encounter and how they can be overcome.  The Examiner has issued an Office Action stating your mark was not distinct, meaning […]

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Non-Substantive Trademark Office Actions

We discussed on our previous post what an Office Action is when it comes to your trademark application.  Now, let’s take a little deeper look at the different types of office actions you may encounter and how they can be overcome.  The simplest Office Action is one dealing with non-substantive issues, such as insufficient information […]

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