Category Archives: Business Law

How to Exit a Business Partnership Gracefully

By | June 3, 2011

In an ideal world, every business partnership we enter would be a ticket to earning money. Everyone would enjoy each other’s company, everyone would contribute work toward the common good, and we would spend weekends at the yacht club sipping mojito’s.

Commercial Use Requirements for Filing a Trademark

By | January 21, 2011

An important requirement when filing your federal trademark is showing that you are “commercial using” the mark you want to register. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) requires proof of “use” so that people do not attempt to register marks to just “reserve” them. 1.  How to prove “use” of a trademark. If you are filing a… Read More »

Credit: Credit Score, Identity Theft and Credit Report

By | December 14, 2010

Your Credit Score There’s a lot of hype these days regarding knowing your score and identity fraud, like the catchy commercial to get your “free credit score” by signing up for a credit monitoring service.  Do your wallet a favor and don’t. Most of your credit is made up of:  what types of credit (for example, mortgages, car… Read More »

Credit Card Debt

By | December 14, 2010

When you get into trouble, document the reasons for your hardship and sent your creditor a certified letter.  Make sure you tell them that they are not to call your place of work as your employer does not allow you to take personal calls.  Tell them not to call your relatives, friends or neighbors.  They want money which… Read More »

Legally Protected Leaves Of Absence: Are You Eligible?

By | November 19, 2010

The law mandates that employers give employees time-off from work for medical reasons under specific circumstances.  However, each employee’s specific rights will depend largely on the state he or she works in and the size of the employer.  This article briefly describes the various types of medical leaves of absence employees may be entitled to. The Major Federal… Read More »

Working Beyond Your Means

By | November 19, 2010

1.   Character as Destiny: Sometimes That’s Not Good Ralph Waldo Emerson — who wrote the essays Self Reliance and  Compensation, among others — might have loved my law firm Clients, who  tend to be hard-working, self-reliant, persevering and intelligent, just to name a few of their good personality  traits.  In short, they have “Character.”  Too often, however,… Read More »

Copyright Termination Right: A Powerful Right For Copyright Owners

By | November 19, 2010

Ever since I was a law student learning about copyright law, particularly, the provision that gives an author the right to terminate his or her transfer of copyright in a work (the “Copyright Termination Right”), I’ve wondered how the record and publishing companies were going to respond when an artist, songwriter, or composer actually attempted to recapture his… Read More »

Piercing the Corporate Veil – Alter Ego Liability Considerations

By | September 28, 2010

The following is a relatively completely list of factors that may be considered by a court in piercing the corporate veil (i.e. finding alter ego liability) where an individual may be held liable for acts committed through their corporate or limited liability company entity. (1) Commingling of funds and other assets of the corporation with those of the… Read More »

Can I Use My Competitor’s Trademark as a Keyword for My Website Advertising?

By | September 28, 2010

So, you may have a website and you want to drive traffic – potential customers – to your site. One of the ways that you do that is by designating “keywords”. These are descriptive words that are associated with your website. When a potential customer enters words into a search engine, perhaps looking for a local florist by… Read More »

Setting Up New Business in Ethiopia

By | September 22, 2010

Located in the horn of Africa, Ethiopia is the largest country in the Easter sub-region next to the Republic of Sudan of over 1.14 million square kilometers of land area about 13.2 million hector of 12% is cultivable, 40% is pastureland and this together with seasonal rainfall and abundant water resource has made agriculture the mainstay of the… Read More »