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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Protecting Your Idea or Concept with a Patent


What types of inventions can be patented?

Many businesses rely on a unique process or concept to achieve success.  Without legal protection, your novel idea is at risk of being copied or stolen.  Thankfully, some small business owners can protect their inventions by filing for a patent.  Patent law is complex and not every idea will qualify for legal protections.  Read more . . .


Friday, August 25, 2017

Forming a Corporation for Your New Texas Business


How do I form a corporation in Texas?

Selecting a business entity for your new venture is a critical step.  While there are several potential business structures to choose from, corporations have long been one of the most popular business entities.  If you have determined that a corporation is the right business structure for your business, you will now need to take the appropriate steps to form your corporation.  Our Read more . . .


Sunday, August 20, 2017

Selecting a Registered Agent for Your Texas Business


What is a registered agent?

You’ve taken the first steps towards starting your new business by selecting a business entity, but now you need to choose a registered agent for your business.  Naming a registered agent may seem like a formality, but it can have important implications for your business in the future.  As such, it is imperative that you understand the role of a registered agent and what you should know before choosing your agent.
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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Knowing How to Sell Your Small Business in Texas


How do I get my business ready for sale?

Selling your business can be just as complex as developing it.  If you are considering selling your small business in Texas, it is important that you understand the sales process, how to prepare for the sale, and how you will exit your business.  Selling your business when the market is high can bring you tremendous financial reward, but the sale needs to be carefully conducted so as to ensure you receive a fair sales price.  Our


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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Texas Businesses Form Coalition to Protect Trade Between U.S. and Mexico


How might Texas business owners be affected by the renegotiation of NAFTA?

As the United States and Mexico seek to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Texas business owners are taking their own steps to ensure trade between the U.S. and Texas remains strong. Several of Texas’ large business associations have formed a coalition aimed at protecting trade between the U.S.


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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Texas Ranked One of Best States for Business


What makes Texas an attractive place to open a small business?

For the third straight year in a row, Texas has topped the rankings as the best place for business, according to the Chief Executive magazine’s Best and Worst States for Business survey.  The rankings reflect the opinion of CEOs, which are a driving force behind the location of businesses.  The most recent rankings place Texas in the number one spot, with Florida and North Carolina next in line.  The worst states include California, New York, Illinois, and New Jersey.  Our


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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Should You Franchise Your Business?


What are the potential benefits of franchising my business?

The franchise business model has become one of the most effective ways to grow and develop a brand.  Entrepreneurs today are often faced with the question of whether they should franchise their business once they have achieved success at a local or national level.  Our Austin, Texas franchise law attorneys present some of the reasons why the franchise model may be right for you.


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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Protecting Your Business’ Trade Secrets


How can I prevent my employees from revealing my trade secrets?

Your trade secrets are often invaluable to the success of your business.  Trade secrets can consist of processes, designs, formulas, practices, or patterns that are not widely known and cannot be easily ascertained.  No matter the size of your business, you likely have valuable trade secrets.  Examples of trade secrets could include customer lists, technological innovations, secret recipes, and supplier lists.  With high employee turnover rates nationwide, it is critical that you as an employer take steps to protect your


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Monday, May 22, 2017

Small Business Owners: Be Sure You Understand These Four Laws


What employment laws should I be aware of as a small business owner in Texas?

Small business owners in Texas face numerous challenges.  In addition to attracting customers, fine-tuning their product, and driving profits, small business owners need to make sure they abide by several important federal and state laws.  Employee laws impact what employees must be paid, how long they can work, and much more.  Our


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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Your Guide to Purchasing a Business in Texas


What do I need to know before buying an existing business in Texas?

Starting a business from scratch can be challenging and comes with considerable risk.  Rather than building from the ground up, many entrepreneurs elect to buy an existing business.  Purchasing an existing business has several advantages, but it is critical that new business owners obtain the assistance of an experienced Texas business law attorney to protect their legal rights during the buying process.  Our


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Monday, April 17, 2017

Texas Taco Company Sues Over Alleged Infringement of its Catchphrase


How can I legally protect my business’ slogan or catchphrase?

An Austin taco-based franchise is in the midst of a legal battle over the phrase “damn good tacos.”  Torchy’s Tacos claims that a Colorado restaurant called Dam Good Tacos has infringed on its trademarked slogan.  Torchy’s registered its tagline “Damn Good Tacos” with the United States Patent and Trademark Office back in 2008, about two years after the Colorado taco shop opened for business.  Torchy’s sent a cease and desist letter to Dam Good Tacos, which uses the same phrase, but with a slightly different spelling.  The company refused to change its name and Torchy’s filed suit.


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