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Lessons from Lawyers – Risk Management & Negotiating Agreements

Author: Arif A. Mahmood, B.Sc., LL.B., JD.  Arif A. Mahmood is an internationally qualified attorney who works on complex high-risk litigation including technical pharmaceutical and intellectual property matters. He is licensed in Ontario, Illinois and Washington D.C. and is quoted in both US and Canadian media publications on topics including technology, privacy and advertising law. [...]

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What Is Intellectual Property?

We hear the term all the time, but what exactly is intellectual property. Intellectual property refers to things created in your mind – written works, songs, designs, this is all intellectual property. Things you create are your intellectual property. WIPO The World Intellectual Property Organization is a United Nations agency that promotes the development of [...]

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Cybersecurity

If governments are doing it, it’s time for you to secure your business against cybercrime. Hacking is growing at an alarming rate and companies are being robbed of essential data and information. Companies have blind spots that should be dealt with as soon as possible. You can be sure that the fraudsters will not take a vacation.

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Avoid These Tech Mistakes

When it comes to the tech side of a new business many entrepreneurs get caught in the trap of spending too much money. Nobody wants to spend too much on any part of a business start-up, but IT and technical issues can add a lot of unnecessary spending to the process.

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Partnerships: Exit Strategies

When you start a company with a partner, one of the first orders of business should be an exit strategy in which both parties agree to terms that in the beginning are a lot easier to deal with than during a split. Many factors can lead to the dissolution of a partnership. Going into it with a plan that is there in the event of a break-up is a wise idea. These are some of the things you have to think about.

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15 Tax-saving strategies

Before 2012 runs out, put these strategies to work and see the saving on your next tax return. From interest deductions to inventory tallies to charitable donations, we’ve complied a range of tips that you can use now to help you save cash down the road. Get them done before December 31 and you’ll have another reason to raise a glass of bubbly at midnight.

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Trademark Battle Over Coffee Logo

Creating a trademark in Canada can be a complex process, but it’s well worth the effort to protect your business. This story of a Kingston coffee shop owner and his battle with the Aramark Corp. over similar trademarks is one worth reading if you’re a small business owner.

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How to Select the Right Business Name

Your business name sets you apart from your competition, creates a brand, and gives your customers something to remember (hopefully for all the right reasons). Putting a little strategy into your name can benefit your business now and down the road. Read on for tips on how to select a name that best suits your business.

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Protect Your Brand – BizTV Video Feature

Your brain may not always produce tangible property, but it’s important to protect what your mind has created. For instance, the images, words, and phrases that identify your business. In this video feature, BizTV explains what intellectual property is, and why you should protect yours.

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What is a Copyright?

You hear the word “copyright” all the time, but do you really know what a copyright is? If you’re a member of the arts world, you should know how copyrights can protect your intellectual property. Learn how copyrights work, and how you can use them to safeguard your artistic creations.

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Protecting Your Online Reputation

The internet has changed everything when it comes to the image or reputation of a business. Internet chat and social networking can go a long way toward damaging the good name of any business. People talk online, and they talk about business dealings they make. You can be sure that they talk about your business.

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What You Should Know About Trademarks

A trademark is a unique word, phrase, image, or sound that you have created for your business. Trademarks help clients distinguish your products and services from those of competitors. It also helps you prevent competitors from similar trademarks.

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Protecting Intellectual Property

The most common types of intellectual property protection are trademarks, copyrights and patents. Know how to identify them and how they apply to you and your business.

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Word Trademarks

A word trademark is any unique word or phrase that you use in association with your business. Examples would be the corporate name, registered business names, company slogans, names of particular products, and the names of product lines.

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What is a Trade Name

A “trade name”, not to be confused with “trademark”, is a registered operating name. It is different from the legal name, under which a corporation conducts business. A corporation may register any number of trade names. Generally speaking, the relationship between a corporation and its trade name is quite similar to that of an individual and a sole proprietorship.

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Sound Trademarks

Canadian regulations have been updated to allow for the registration of sound trademarks. These are unique sounds that are used in connection with a particular business activity.

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