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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Employee Compensation Systems to Consider

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Excited to Present at LawTrades

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Blurred what?!?

wo weeks, a jury awarded Marvin Gaye’s family approximately $7.4 million in damages after a federal court found that Pharrell Williams’ and Robin Thicke’s song “Blurred Lines” had infringed upon the copyright contained in Marvin Gaye’s song “Got To Give It Up.”

While this case has specific implications for the music industry, it also illustrates several important points about copyright infringement that are applicable to creators of copyrightable material at large, including advertising agencies, creative firms, and digital content creators.....

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Tips for Softening Bad News to a Client

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

“What is a Benefit Corporation? Should I form one?”

What is a B Corp?

Generally, a benefit corporation (commonly called a B Corp) is a corporate entity type that allows the B Corp’s management to make corporate decisions based not only upon maximizing profits, but upon social and public welfare concerns.

Currently, New York, Delaware, New Jersey, and twenty other states have state law allowing the formation of B Corps. New York provides for B Corps under §1704 of the BCL.

Forming as a B Corp allows the company’s owners to factor public service and philanthropic concerns that have a “public benefit” into their decision-making. “Public benefit” can include a wide variety of categories of socially conscious endeavors, including...

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Moisan Legal goes to SxSw

Sending thanks to the clients, old friends and new friends that we interacted with at SxSw.   Special thanks to YEC for throwing an epic event, check out a summary here

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Moisan Legal Client Opens Video Art Installation

Congratulations to Marie Vic, who recently opened her show, entitled “Blowing Riccardo”, a multi-screen video art installation on the traveling life of fashion collections, and hosted by Hotel Particulier.

Marie’s limited edition video series, adapted from the show and called “Ten Blows”, are on display and available on the digital art platform, Sedition Art.

Read more about the installation in W Magazine and Visionaire.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Things to Consider Before Your Startup Acquires a Competitor

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

When Have You First Used Your Trademark For Registration?

Once you have decided upon a trademark and had an attorney run clearance searches, you may apply to register the trademark under one of two filing bases. You may either file an "in use" application to the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO"), which certifies that you have already used the mark in commerce, or an "intent to use" application, which although you haven’t used the mark yet in commerce, reserves the trademark on the register because you will use it at a later date. Eventually, you will have to file additional documentation with the USPTO asserting a date of first use of trademark.

But what qualifies as “in-use”?

Generally, to register an "in-use" trademark, you have to meet two requirements:

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Hiring Your First Employee

After you start your business, you will eventually need to hire someone to help you with the work. This is a momentous occasion in the life of your business. But hiring someone else comes with certain responsibilities, such as withholding payroll taxes and providing health insurance coverage in some cases.

The first question to ask yourself is: “Is he or she actually an “employee” or an “independent contractor”? It’s important to understand the difference between these two types of workers.... 

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