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5 Ways China Can Improve its Trademark Laws

The meteoric rise in the number of trademark applications in China over the last five years is a testament to the power and importance of China as a market for brand owners. In 2012, there were approximately 1.5 million applications filed in China, and by 2016 that number rose to 3.6 million. In 2017 applicants…
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How to Get Your Startup Acquired

There are many great reasons to start your own company, including the desire to be your own boss, the desire to make something happen, passion about your product or service, or even the desire to make more money. A successful startup will need the following: A solid sales and marketing plan; High-quality accounting; A strong legal…
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What to Ask Your Attorney About Legal Expenses and Intellectual Property

1. What is the legal team’s background in working with other clients in a similar industry, company size, or stage as a small business owner? Different industries have different needs. If representing a food-catering business, you will need to know about various local and city permits needed to obtain. If presenting e-commerce businesses, you need…
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Protecting Intellectual Property: An Easy Guide for Startups

What Is Intellectual Property? Intellectual property (IP) is a general term for the rights recognized by U.S. law for creations of the mind, including: Patents – rights granted to inventors for novel and useful inventions. Trademarks – rights granted to businesses relating to the branding of their goods and services (company, product and service names). Copyrights – rights…
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7 Dangers to Look Out for in Commercial Leases

A commercial lease for office or retail space is a serious commitment for your business. They are typically long-term contracts lasting at least five years, the rent is often your second-biggest monthly expense after payroll, and the rights and limitations in your lease agreement have major effects on your ability to expand, contract and relocate…
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