Austin TX Business Law Blog

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Austin’s Sick Leave Ordinance Faces Challenge

Does Austin’s sick leave law violate the Texas Minimum Wage Act?

Recently, Austin passed a new ordinance that would require most private businesses in the city to provide employees with 64 hours of paid sick leave. The law is slated to start on October 1st, but now it is facing a legal challenge from a coalition of Texas businesses. The group seeks to overturn the bill by claiming it violates the state’s minimum wage act. Our Read more . . .

Friday, April 20, 2018

Keep Your Brand From Becoming Generic

How can I protect my trademark becoming generic?

As your trademark grows in popularity, it will become important to protect it from genericide. Genericide happens when a brand becomes so well known that it morphs into a product category. Examples of now generic brands include aspirin and escalators. Once a trademark becomes generic, it loses all protection. It becomes vital for the

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Texas Businesses Are Hiring

What questions should I ask a job applicant?

The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas recently conducted its biannual business survey and the results were encouraging for local employers and employees. In response to the survey, more than half of the 350 Texas business executives questioned said that they are planning to increase employment over the next six months to one year. This is the first time that more than half of all employers indicated they would be hiring since the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas started the survey seven years ago.

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Opening a Liquor Related Business in Texas

How long does it take to obtain a liquor license in Texas?

Starting your own liquor line or opening a liquor store can be a profitable endeavor. Alcohol tends to have high profit margins, but opening a liquor related business comes with some challenges. You will need to meet stringent liquor licensing requirements in the state of Texas. The process can take months and not all applicants will ultimately succeed. Our Read more . . .

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Exploring the Influential Trade Secrets Case of Waymo v. Uber

What does the Defend Trade Secrets Act mean for employers?

The case of Waymo v. Uber was closely followed nationally by technology companies, attorneys, and many others.  While the case ended suddenly in a settlement, it still provided vital insight into the realm of trade secrets law under the new Defend Trade Secrets Act.  Our Read more . . .

Monday, February 26, 2018

Resolving a Dispute With Your Franchisor

What are my legal rights as an unhappy franchisee?

The franchisee/franchisor relationship is long term in nature and often fraught with disputes.  Your franchisor will have considerable influence over the operation of your business. While most franchise rules are intended to help your business succeed, at times you may run into a serious disagreement with your franchisor. Your exact rights in resolving a franchise dispute will depend in part on your individual franchise agreement and state law.
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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Protecting Your Business’s Website

Can I copyright my website?

In today’s internet driven world, your website will often be a customer or client’s first introduction to your business.  Your website is one of your business’s most valuable assets and, as such, it must be protected to the fullest extent. There are several steps you can take to protect your business website using intellectual property laws.

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Turning Your Concept into a Startup

How do I start up a small business?

Owning your own small business is the American dream for many.  While coming up with a dynamic concept is an important step to any startup, your idea is just the launching point for your successful business.  Our Austin, Texas business law lawyers discuss how you can grow your business from an idea to a full-fledged business.
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Monday, January 22, 2018

Business Disputes: Arbitration vs. Mediation

Is arbitration or mediation the best method for resolving my business dispute?

For business owners, disputes are inevitable.  Often, business disputes will arise between business partners or between two businesses when they disagree about the terms of a contract.  A business dispute can cause much stress and have financial implications.  When it comes to resolving your dispute, there are two main options:  arbitration or mediation.  Each dispute resolution process comes with benefits and drawbacks.
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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court Takes on the Issue of Patent Reviews

Will the U.S. Supreme Court uphold the current patent review proceedings?

U.S. Supreme Court justices are currently divided over the issue of whether the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s patent review proceedings, known as inter partes review or IPR, are legal.
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Friday, December 15, 2017

Minority Business Owners Could Be Eligible For Grants

What grants could I receive as a minority small business owner?

As a minority business owner, you may be eligible to receive a wide range of grants, which cost you nothing and need not be repaid.  Federal and private grants are designed to help minority business owners achieve success.  Sadly, a racial wage gap continues to exist in the United States. Black and Hispanic individuals continue to earn an estimated 30 percent less than their Caucasian counterparts.

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