Articles

December 7, 2014
Trademark

Protecting Your Brand: What CEOs Need to Know About Trademark Law

A trademark is a device by which a business can identify their own product and distinguish it from others. It will typically be a word, name, or symbol which can be attached to a product. For a mark to be considered a trademark, it must be in use commercially in association with the product it represents.
December 7, 2014
Intellectual Property

A Primer on Copyright Law

The copyright process deals with the protection of expression. A copyright secures literary, artistic, or informative media by indicating ownership of the work through which it is expressed.
December 7, 2014

Increase the Value of Your Business by Protecting Your Trade Secrets

The three defining characteristics of a trade secret are that it: is not generally known, gives an economic advantage to its owner, and has (via steps taken by the owner) been kept confidential.
September 4, 2014
Public Benefit Corporation

Introducing Minnesota’s New Public Benefit Corporation

As of January 1, 2015, Minnesotans will be able to form public benefit corporations — which allow more flexible uses of profits than just dividends to shareholders. Currently, 27 states, including Delaware, allow such entities. A “Benefit” corporation is a for-profit business that has an additional purpose to create a material positive impact on society and/or the environment. The business must report how it creates a social benefit.
August 1, 2014
negotiation webinar

Upcoming Negotiation Strategy Webinar – “Negotiating by Persuasion: The Art of Deal Making”

We are pleased to announce that Ellie K. Vilendrer, Esq. will present a negotiation strategy webinar in the webinar series Business Law Series: Advancing and Protecting Your Business, with […]
July 10, 2014
California Business Entities

Distinctions between California Entities and Implications of Choice

So you have decided to start a business in California. Now you need to decide what kind of business entity to form. The business entity you choose will affect issues of liability, tax, ownership, and state and federal obligations.
July 10, 2014
causes of conflict

The Five Main Causes of Conflict and How Mediation Can Resolve Them

There are five main causes of conflict: information conflicts, values conflicts, interest conflicts, relationship conflicts, and structural conflicts.
June 20, 2014
how to win a negotiation

How to Win A Negotiation

Learn how to win negotiations by persuading your counter-party that accepting your proposition is in their best interest.