How to acquire trademark rights in a company or product name?

Entrepreneurs can benefit from registering their company or product names as trademarks with the United States Patent & Trademark Office in…


The Risks of Using Presentation Slides as Your Provisional Patent Application

  Entrepreneurs often believe that a set of powerpoint slides will automatically serve as an effective provisional patent application. A…


Avoiding a Heart Attack with Delaware Franchise Tax

Relax - There are two ways to calculate your Delaware Franchise Taxes.  Image from Wikipedia Commons. There are two ways to calculate your Delaware…


Five Ways the America Invents Act Can Benefit Entrepreneurs

  New provisions of the America Invents Act went into effect on March 16, 2013. The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, also know as the America…


Copy-left or Copy-right? Either way, you can still get in trouble for selling someone else's code

(c) Larry Ewing, Simon Budig und Anja Gerwinsk Robert Jacobsen was a model train enthusiast and a computer programmer. Combining these interests, he…


Entity Formation (Part 3 of 3): Converting from a Michigan LLC to a Delaware C-Corporation

Startups seeking outside investors will often need to convert form an LLC to a Delaware C-corp. Many start-ups decide to set up their company as an…


Entity Formation (Part 2 of 3): Selecting the Form of Entity

You have decided to establish an entity, but now you must decide which one is best for your company.  For most technology startups, the three…


Entity Formation Part 1 of 3: When Should You Form an Entity for Your Business?

  When is the right time to establish an entity? A common question for entrepreneurs launching a venture is when to form a legal entity such as…


Marketing Tips for Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs should understand advertising laws before marketing their product. An aggressive marketing strategy can be a valuable tool for an…


Securing a Startup's Intellectual Property Chain of Title

  It is important for entrepreneurs to ensure their startup company actually owns the intellectual property related to its business. A startup…