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What if I am asked to sign a questionable contract?

When a worker first enters a particular industry, he or she often faces the prospect of having to agree to unfavorable employment terms in order to get their foot in the door to a particular position or company. Like most entry-level experiences, being the lowest rung on the professional ladder means having the least amount of clout to dictate the terms of your employment.

Ohio State University embroiled in multiple trademark disputes

Ohio State University is embroiled in multiple trademark disputes with casinos and other colleges across the state. In an effort to protect its likeness, the university has gone after a casino that decided to use the university's nickname for its stadium, "The Shoe." The school also filed documents in an effort to trademark the abbreviation OSU for apparel and the name "The Oval."

How to protect against patent infringement

Running a business is not as easy as some make it look. One of the most difficult things a company must do is protect its creations, inventions and other intellectual property by using patents. Companies all across the country are susceptible to patent infringement, which is why we will dedicate this post to explaining how you can protect against it in today's high-tech world.

How to protect yourself from trademark infringement

Trademark infringement is a concern for companies of all sizes. It is an issue that affects companies on varying levels, especially if they are accused of infringing upon another company's trademark. This can be a very confusing situation, but today we will discuss how you can protect your company's from trademark infringement.

Employee at center of Uber-Google legal feud fired

If you haven't been paying attention to the massive trade secret lawsuit between Uber and Google, here's a brief summary. A former Google employee who worked in Google's parent company's self-driving division, Waymo, left the company and created his own self-driving company, which was bought by Uber last year for $680 million. Since then, Waymo has sued Uber for using the trade secrets that Waymo alleges this employee took from them to start that new self-driving car company.

Drama unfolding between Sears and vendor

When two companies sign a contract, they legal accept that the terms of the contract must be followed. It is possible to change the terms of the deal if formal discussions are held and an acceptable amendment to the contract (or even a new contract altogether) is agreed to. However, no company can just unilaterally pull out of contract without cause and no company should allow a partner to flagrantly violate the terms of such a deal.

Contract breached? There are legal remedies for that

We have written about contract disputes in the past on this blog. A couple of months ago, we wrote a post about FOX and Verizon FiOS settling a contract dispute, one that could have a dramatic impact on the reputations of the companies involved. Contract disputes like this area often settled out of court, but many still make it to court. Breach of contract issues often go before a judge who ultimately determines how the case will be handled going forward.

Some factors to consider when bankruptcy looms

Businesses fall on hard times every now and then, and when financial problems arise it is important for that business to be honest with itself and take the proper steps to address the legitimate issues it is having. Ignoring the financial problems that confront you today will only make things worse down the line. This a crucial step in the business bankruptcy process: talking to your creditors and informing them of your issues could actually foster solutions to your financial problems. Your creditors could work with you to restructure debt.

Why business structures matter

Imagine for a moment that you are starting your own business. Let's say that you want to sell athletic sports equipment in your city. So you coordinate with the producers of the equipment and work with distributors to make your business vision become a reality. We've greatly simplified the process here, but let's say that at this point, you are ready to open your doors and sell some gear.

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