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Friday, July 6, 2018

Fitbit Employees Charged with Stealing Trade Secrets from Jawbone

What are the penalties for theft of trade secrets?

One current employee and five former employees of Fitbit, Inc. have been charged by U.S. prosecutors for theft of trade secrets. The indictment alleges that the six Fitbit employees received stolen trade secrets when they left their employment at rival company Jawbone.


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Monday, June 11, 2018

A Look at Some Famous Intellectual Property Cases

Why is it so important to protect my business’ intellectual property rights?

Intellectual property law is an ever evolving field of law. Since the advent of the internet, a plethora of new intellectual property cases have emerged to define and guide businesses on and off the web. Our Austin, Texas intellectual property law lawyers explore some of the biggest intellectual property lawsuits in recent history below.


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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Dissolving Your Partnership

How do I end a business partnership?

Business partnerships can fail for many reasons. Perhaps you and your partner no longer agree on the direction of the business or personal problems are affecting your partner’s work ethics. No matter what the reason for the business strife, there are ways to dissolve a partnership in a pain free manner. Our


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Friday, May 18, 2018

Selecting a Business Entity Under the New Tax Code

How has the new tax code altered business taxes?

The business world is abuzz with talk of how the new tax code may impact numerous critical aspects of a business’ taxes. Selecting a business entity for your new business has long been a critical decision for business owners. Your business entity will determine how you are taxed, as well as vital issues of liability and control over the business. Due to the tremendous impact of your entity choice on your taxes, it is possible that the new tax code could alter the entity choice of some new business owners. Our


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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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