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Transfer of Copyright Ownership

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

If you’ve wondered whether a copyright can be transferred to someone else, the answer is yes. Copyrights are important, especially to small businesses, as they allow an author to create original works without the concern that it will be stolen by someone else. You can register your copyright to make it easier to protect,… Read More »

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Mistakes Small Business Make When Choosing a Trademark

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

When starting your small business, one of the most important elements is establishing your trademark(s). This is a critical element, as your trademark identifies your brand. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) defines a trademark as “a word, phrase, symbol and/or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of… Read More »

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Situations Where You Need a Business Lawyer

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Some people assume retaining an attorney is only necessary in matters involving car accidents, medical malpractice, or pending criminal charges. However, business lawyers make up a large segment of practicing attorneys, and for good reason. There are a number of instances where retaining a business lawyer is absolutely essential. Our legal team has experience… Read More »

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Vicarious Liability and What it Means as a Small Business Owner

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

As a small business owner, you already have enough on your plate trying to run a successful business, and ensuring you are in compliance with all laws, including employment and labor laws. If your business employs workers, something else you need to be keenly aware of is vicarious liability and the theory of respondeat… Read More »

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Copyrights and Works Made for Hire

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

The general premise of copyright law is that ownership becomes the property of the author who created it from the moment it’s created. However, there is one exception to this which is known as “works made for hire.” This means the employer can be considered a copyright holder, even if the employee is actually… Read More »

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FTC Endorsement Guidelines and Online Influencers

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

With more and more people making their living through digital methods, the world of online-based businesses is continually expanding. A number of these online businesses are founded by people referred to as online influencers. These are people who are YouTube stars, brand ambassadors, bloggers, writers, authors, social media personalities, and more. The Federal Trade… Read More »

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What is Intellectual Property and Why It’s Important to Your Small Business

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Intellectual property (IP) is defined by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) as “the creations of the mind, such as inventions; literary and artistic works; designs; and symbols, names and images used in commerce.” In some cases, small businesses neglect the basics of intellectual property law, potentially losing out on protecting their creations, or… Read More »

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Piercing the Corporate Veil

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

One of the reasons corporations are a popular type of business organization is the ability to reduce personal liability, as courts generally recognize the corporation as a separate legal entity from its shareholders. When a corporation incurs debts in excess of the corporation’s assets, creditors’ claims are typically satisfied with corporate assets only, no… Read More »

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Types of Business Organizations

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

One of the most important decisions you’ll make when starting a business is choosing which type of business structure is right for you. Each type has advantages and disadvantages depending on your circumstances, which we will explore in future business organization blog posts. If you’re getting ready to start a business, it’s important to… Read More »

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Prevention: A Company’s Best Friend

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

A company generally never wants bad press. If the company is small, bad news might prevent it from growing or might simply end its existence. If a company is larger, then it might lose goodwill that will then take years to reacquire—if at all possible. Although the type of bad news can vary, most… Read More »

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