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Discussing trade secret misappropriation

Business is a complex world, and there are many different factors that make a business successful. The decisions the company makes; the people they hire; the product or service they offer consumers; the manufacturing or procedural steps they take to enact their ideas; and the intellectual property they have are all elements to a company's success.

3 reasons why small businesses should consider outsourcing

As every small business owner knows, it can be tough to let go. You've built your business from the ground up. You put in the sweat equity to make it successful. Your level of personal investment is unmatched by employees or contractors who come and go.

Tesla settles lawsuit with former head of autopilot program

Uber and Google are not the only two that can steal the intellectual property headlines. A recent settlement in a breach of contract lawsuit between Tesla and the maker of their autopilot feature on their cars briefly made people forget about the epic lawsuit between the two giants of the tech industry.

Mass transportation company, rail car maker in dispute

While the following story isn't happening in this country, it is still an important news story that highlights some critical aspects of contracts and contract disputes. This story is from Canada, where the management company for public transportation for the Greater Toronto area tried to cancel a contract they had with a rail car manufacturer from 2010.

Cybersecurity for small businesses

In recent years, several highly publicized, large-scale hacks have exposed millions of Americans to potential identity theft, resulting in big changes to how many companies do business. Although these data breaches involved Fortune 500 companies with household names, cybersecurity risks aren't limited to business giants. Small businesses can also become targets of devastating hacks. In fact, they may be even more vulnerable, since they typically have fewer safeguards and less sophisticated protections in place.

When business litigation is on the table, what happens next?

In our last post, we talked about a contract dispute between Charter's Spectrum and Fox Networks Group over the channels carried by Spectrum in the wake of a changing contract and a rebrand by Spectrum (once Time Warner Cable). It is a convoluted story, but the point is this: the dispute threatens to harm consumers, and this directly impacts how companies are perceived and how they can perform in the marketplace.

Television dispute could leave customers out in the cold

A contract dispute between Fox Networks Group and Charter's Spectrum TV (which was rebranded as such after Charter purchased Time Warner Cable and phased out the TWC name) has a convoluted backstory but a very straightforward and simple consequence for people across the country: they may miss out on many of their favorite TV channels.

When a cease and desist letter alleges trademark infringement, what are your options?

As a business owner, you've undoubtedly invested countless hours and immeasurable energy into not only getting your enterprise off the ground, but also ensuring its continued profitability. Indeed, these herculean efforts likely all started with the invention of a product or service in which you firmly believe, and, by extension, the development of a brand name or logo reflective of the unique nature of your creation.

On franchising and the legal concerns surrounding it

The franchise arrangement is a great way for both the franchisor and the franchisee to benefit from operating a business. The franchisor has already established itself as a stable brand with national, or even international, reach. So strengthening their position is a bonus, especially if they can franchise out their operations to an entrepreneur or someone who wants to run an individual franchise. For the franchisee, they get the chance to shine, being able to operate a business with an already-established reputation, previous tested safety and training regulations, and a robust set of other benefits.

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