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What Aspects Of Intellectual Property Should Entrepreneurs Consider When Starting A New Business Or Expanding An Ongoing Business?

What Aspects Of Intellectual Property Should Entrepreneurs Consider When Starting A New Business Or Expanding An Ongoing Business?

Entrepreneurs know that starting a new business or expanding an ongoing business into new areas is the stuff that dreams are made of. To keep those dreams alive, serious thought has to be given to protecting the business in all of the usual ways – a sales network is firmly in place, the lease is iron-clad, the business liability insurance is...

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What Aspects Of Intellectual Property Should Entrepreneurs Consider When Starting A New Business Or Expanding An Ongoing Business?

Are Your Marks Protected?

One of its most obvious, but often overlooked, assets that a business has is the very name that the business uses to hold itself out to the public. That name, including the names of various products and services it may market, are valuable assets of that business and need to be treated as such. Most business owners do not realize it, but the...

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What Aspects Of Intellectual Property Should Entrepreneurs Consider When Starting A New Business Or Expanding An Ongoing Business?

If One Of Your Employees Invents Something, Who Owns What?

The general rule on this subject is that an employee who invents something as part of his or her job duties probably has a legal duty to assign his or her entire interest in the invention and any patent that may be obtained on that invention to his or her employer. If the employee invents something apart from his or her normal job duties, then...

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SAA Releases Analysis of Collective Bargaining Proposals

By D&K's School and Higher Education Law Team School Officials Are Right To Be Wary Of QEO Lobbying Efforts The Governor’s budget proposal for 2009-11 has again proposed abolishing the Qualified Economic Offer (“QEO”) in teacher negotiations. To be sure, there’s plenty to be said about a budget that would remove the QEO limits on teacher...

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Are Your Public Deposits Insured?

How much money is in your district’s bank accounts? Is all of it covered by deposit insurance if the bank were to fail? These questions had less importance to school districts when the banking industry enjoyed greater stability, and school districts could give precedence to other financial and banking objectives. Indeed, focusing on interest...

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Labor Relations Records Retention Strategies and Systems

As a new round of teacher bargaining begins – and as school districts watch to see if the QEO is removed and interest arbitration returns to the bargaining process – school districts need to establish a systematic labor relations record retention system. Maintaining a well organized and comprehensive system for retaining your school district’s...

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Supreme Court Rules on Eligibility for Retiree Health Insurance

A recent decision from the Wisconsin Supreme Court provides some welcome relief for public sector employers concerned about retiree claims for vested health benefits. In Loth v. City of Milwaukee, 2008 WI 129, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled against an employee who claimed he was entitled to no-cost retirement health benefits which he argued...

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