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What Can Business Owners Do?


These are challenging times for everyone, not least business owners. This is true regardless of the size and scope of your business. I’m not promising any easy solutions; beware of anyone who does. However, I am here to help any way I can. Over the last few weeks I’ve spoken with clients regarding: Interpreting¬†force majeure terms in contracts, including commercial leases. These clauses will continue to come into play as businesses evaluate their legal obligations, particularly businesses whose doors are temporarily shut due to government mandate. Business loans. The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for…

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Celebrity Trademark Update: Greta + the Sussex Royals


Waaay back in 2011, I wrote about names as trademarks in this blog post: Who Owns Lady Gaga?. People who are famous, for one reason or another, have good reason to protect their names. By “names” I’m referring to given names, pseudonyms such as “Lady Gaga”, and other appellations, as we’ll see. Trademark law is one of the means by which names are protected. Greta Thunberg Recently, Greta Thunberg posted on Instagram: Impostors, trademarks, commercial interests, royalties and foundation… First: Unfortunately there are still people who are trying to impersonate me or falsely claim that they “represent” me in order…

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Who Should I Ask to Sign an NDA?


Non-Disclosure Agreements, or NDAs, are one of the most common types of business documents. The purpose is simple: to prevent one party from disclosing the confidential information of another party. Business owners are sometimes confused about NDAs and who should sign them. So let’s go over some of the basics. What is Covered? An NDA can cover any information that your company owns that’s confidential. These are referred to as “Trade Secrets” – for more information about Trade Secrets, click here. Items covered by an NDA may include: Lists and contact information of customers or clients Business plans, including future…

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5 Things That Belong in a Sponsorship Agreement


Sponsorships are a common form of advertisement on social media as well as new media (such as podcasts and video streams). A sponsor is a person or company who pays to support someone else and receives something in return, like the right to a podcast advertisement. Anyone who is or works with a sponsor should have a written agreement that describes the terms of the business relationship. This post will identify the top 5 things that belong in a Sponsorship Agreement. I’ve written in the past about related topics, such as Legal Rules for Influencers on Social Media and Social…

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