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Andrew A. Gonzalez

What’s Your Copyright IQ?

By Andrew A. Gonzalez, Esq. In the old days, the Power of the Press was a luxury reserved for those with a press. Today, anyone with a desktop computer and an internet connection can become an electronic publisher. Before the internet, any entrepreneur not only had to know the nuts and bolts of marketing, but […]

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James Lange

Can Your Employees Hold You Responsible for the Performance of Their 401(k)?

By James Lange A Supreme Court ruling in 2015 has given employers who offer retirement plans to their employees an enormous wake-up call. The employees at a California utility company successfully sued the firm over the cost of participating in their 401(k) plan. The court unanimously ruled that the company failed to meet its legal […]

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Martin Cross

Legal Risks in Translations: Hanging On Every (Foreign) Word

By Martin Cross Janel and her business partner Kevin go all in on their wearable-tech startup. They even get foreign patents translated into English to make sure there are no conflicts with their idea. Three years later, when their products are finally hitting the shelves, they receive a cease and desist letter. One of the […]

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Andrew A. Gonzalez

Should You Copyright Your Website?

By Andrew A. Gonzales, Esq. The Internet makes it possible for businesses to reach millions of potential customers with a website. However, the Internet can be a source of liability for a company that is careless in publishing information. If you have a blog, write articles, or manage an online magazine, chances are you have […]

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Andrew A. Gonzalez

Trademarks for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses

By Andrew A. Gonzalez, Esq. Good naming and good marketing weren’t invented yesterday. Consider the story of John K. Hogg of Frederick, Maryland, a manufacturer of soap. Mr. Hogg had a concept for a special soap, so he applied for a trademark. STAR SOAP, he called it, and a star symbol was to be “printed, […]

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Peter DeHaan

Beware the EBR

By Peter Lyle DeHaan, PhD Over the past few years, there has been much concern over the legality of outbound telemarketing, that is calling prospects. One exception to this prohibition is if you have an “existing business relationships” (EBR) with the person being called. So, if your call center is only making EBR calls, you may […]

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Peter DeHaan

The Politics of Calling

By Peter Lyle DeHaan, PhD With the fall elections in the United States now in our rear-view mirror, we can now take a calmer look at what happened. In the days preceding the election, more than one person shared with me their eagerness for the voting to come to a conclusion. Quite succinctly, their common refrain […]