Hiring Your First Employee

Is He or She actually an “Employee”, or an “Independent Contractor”? After you start your business, you will eventually need to hire someone to help you with the work. This

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Investing in Film – Security Law Implications

The film industry and investors alike were put on notice recently due to the ruling of U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest, who dismissed a major lawsuit against Paramount Pictures. Specifically,

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Protecting your product design

This post is Part 3 in a series on the basics of protecting your business’s brand. Read Part 1 and Part 2. Once you have the idea for your product,

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Protecting your product packaging

This post is Part 2 in a series on the basics of protecting your business’s brand. Read Part 1 here. Once you have registered your trademarks for use on your

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Intrastate Offering Exemption

Last week the SEC posted the following CD&I in connection with the intrastate offering exemption (Rule 407): Question: Can an issuer use its own website or social media presence to

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SEC and SBA Partnership

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it has partnered with the U.S. Small Business Administration to host seminars detailing new fundraising methods under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS)

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Rise of the Micro VC

The most significant trend in the venture capital community is the rise of seed or micro-venture funds. These funds target early stage companies and typically invest between $25,000 and $500,000

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Protect your trademarks, protect your business

You’ve picked a name for your business that’s distinct, registered it as a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for protection in the United States. As

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Tips to avoid fraudulent private placements

On August 4, the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy issued an Investor Alert to help investors identify potentially fraudulent unregistered private placements. The Office

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