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Trademark Symbol: What Is It?

A trademark symbol indicates that a specific word, phrase, symbol or graphic may only be used by the mark holder for the purpose of distinguishing its corporate brand in the marketplace.

How Long is an O-1 Visa Good For?

The O-1 Visa program is a very popular visa program for highly-successful, nationally-recognized individual. The O-1 provides an option for foreign individuals of “exceptional ability” to come and work in the United States. This program, like most all of the other visas, is managed by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service or “USCIS”. The […]

Why should I perform a trademark search before registering a trademark?

Trademark law is an area of intellectual property law. It concerns the ability to secure intellectual property rights in the symbols that represent the company. A “symbol” for purposes of trademark might include words, images, drawings, phrases, tunes, shapes, general appearance of the business (known as trade dress), or even colors. Registering a trademark is […]

Can I Fire My Co-Founder Who Has More Equity?

Cofounders of a company generally establish their ownership percentage very early in the relationship. Without a formal relationship, the default rule is that all founders are equal owners of the company. This can result in impasse when the company owners are unable to reach agreement on business matters. As such, it is advisable for one […]

I Want to Launch an ICO. Is There a Company or Agency that Can Help with ICO?

Launching an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) is a demanding procedural process. As the old saying goes, “it takes a village”. In this article we discuss the primary steps associated with launching an ICO and the individuals who can assist with the process.   How Does the ICO Process Work? An ICO is a method of […]

How Much Does It Cost to Set Up and Launch a $20M VC Fund?

Launching a venture capital fund generally requires three steps: entity formation, regulatory filings and compliance, and raising capital. Each of these phases costs money. In this article, we discuss each of these phases and the general costs associated with each.   Legal Entity Formation The venture capital fund structure is generally a limited partnership. The […]

What is a Patentability Search?

When filing a patent, there are several steps to the process. Most people focus upon the procedural steps of filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). There is one major step to take prior to preparing your patent application. You should always perform a patentability search. A patentability search is broader than […]

What is Patent Infringement, and What Do I Do When It’s Occurred?

An inventor can claim patent rights over her creation or invention (“invention”). The process for claiming patent rights includes filing for protection with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). There are three types of patents. The first is a utility patent. This concerns a process, machine, article of manufacture, or composition of matter. […]

What Does Patent Pending Mean Legally?

“Patent pending” is a designation used to express to the world that a provision or non-provisional, utility patent application has been filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to cover the identified invention or creation (“invention”). This designation can be extremely useful for a startup venture for strategic purposes. In this article, […]

How Hard is it to Patent an Invention Without a Patent Attorney?

Undertaking the process of securing patent rights can be very demanding. For many companies, their intellectual property assets are their most valuable asset. As such, it is important to be familiar with all aspects of intellectual property law. Notably, understanding patent law can be a major benefit for a company. Patent protection allows the holder […]

Can You Patent Game Mechanics or Game Design

Gaming is an ever-growing industry in the United States and throughout the world. Large and small companies are churning out unique, creative games for consoles, computers, tablets, and phone. Some of these games are native to the hardware device, while others are internet-based. Some games allow the player to compete against the system, while other […]
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EBIT - Earnings Before Interest & Tax, this is an indicator of a company's profitability tha...
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EBITDA - Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization, this is an indicato...
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Exchange - A marketplace in which securities, commodities, derivatives and other financial i...
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Expense - (1) The economic costs a business incurs by its operations to earn revenue that ar...
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Float - Money in the banking system that is briefly counted twice due to delays in processin...
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Form 10-K

Form 10-K - The comprehensive summary of a company's performance that must be submitted annu...
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Complete Will for Same-Sex Couples

When to use Complete Will for Same-Sex Couples If you are involved in an unmarried same-sex relationship and you want the ownership of some or all of your assets to be transferred to your significant ...

Computer Repair Contract

This computer repair contact sets out the terms and conditions for professional services related to computer service, upgrade, and repair....

Confirmation of Enrollment

When to use Confirmation of Enrollment Are you getting ready to enroll in college courses? Or is your child about to transition from high school to college? In either event, you will likely need to ob...

Confirmation of Reservations

When to use Confirmation of Reservations Fewer travel-related situations are more stressful than realizing that you thought your reservations were in order only to discover that they were never confir...

Consent for Medical Treatment of a Minor

When to use Consent for Medical Treatment of a Minor You and your child are not always in the same place at the same time. As a result, there is a possibility that your child could become hurt or ill ...

Consent to Sublease

When to use Consent to Sublease If you have rented an apartment, a house, a commercial space or another form of real property but cannot, for whatever reason, complete the term of your lease, you may ...

Construction Contract

A construction contract documents all of the legal duties, terms, and conditions associated with work on a construction project....

Consulting Agreement

Use this consulting agreement to create an agreement regarding professional consulting services....

Contest Rules

Use these contest rules if you or your business are holding a competition or sweepstakes....

Contract Amendment

A written contract amendment is often necessary to change agreed-upon terms in a legally-binding agreement....

Contract Assignment

A written contract assignment is used to legally transfer contractual rights from one party to another....
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E-Books &


There are a few baby steps every new business must take before it can run. This list will help you launch and prepare your company for moving to the next stage like incorporating a business and issuing equity. ..

E-Books &

Business Guide
How to start your first business
Raising capital guide
June 2019
Raising your first round of capital.

privacy guide
August 2019
GDPR compliance, privacy and terms

intellectual property guide
September 2019
Protecting your intellectual property.
forming a board of directors guide
October 2019
How to structure and form a board.



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Letter of Intent Agreement

When you make an offer to purchase or sell goods or services for value, you have started the process of creating a legal contract..


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