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Making Your Intangibles, Tangible. Part 4: Patents

By Ken Strocsher In this four-part series we’re discussing how to increase the value of your company by better quantifying and protecting your company’s intangible intellectual property. Of the areas covered in this series, patents are arguably the most complex to understand and most challenging to obtain. That being said, patents can serve as the …

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What is Art Law?

By Amy Riedel Many moons ago, long before I became Apex Law Group’s law student intern and now associate, I was a budding art historian with dreams of pursuing graduate degrees in the field. While that may seem far removed from the legal profession, it helped me develop research and writing skills. Skills that have …

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Make a Stand, a Washington State Social Purpose Corporation, Rings Opening Bell for Twitter Stock Exchange and Raises Questions about “Hybrid” Entities

In honor of her use of social media to funnel more than $100,000 to nonprofits combating child slavery, 9-year-old Vivienne Harr rang the bell to open Twitter’s first day of trading on the NYSE.   Vivienne decided that she would sell lemonade in an effort to combat this despicable practice.  She was inspired by a picture …

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Why Business Can be Good at Solving Social Problems

Business is a tool, its how you use that tool that matters.  Michael Porter, the Harvard Business School Professor in the Ted Talk video below, argues that business can be the tool to solve the world’s greatest problems. We all know the social problems: childhood obesity, poverty, water scarcity, poor healthcare, climate change. Usually, we look …

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International Trademark Planning: A Brief History of International Trademark Law

As our previous post on “Making Your Intangibles, Tangible” illustrated, trademarks function as indicators of the source and quality for both goods and services. They also serve as the prime element in advertising and generating goodwill and consumer loyalty. With e-commerce and global economies dominating most markets, it is easy to understand why utilizing and …

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The Health of Hybrid Entities: How many benefit corporations and social purpose corporations are out there? A comparison and data analysis on the SPC’s relative success.

Last month, over at SocentLaw, I came across an interesting blog post by Haskell Murray explaining a collaborative attempt to quantify how many benefit corporations exist across the US. The post is quick to admit that the numbers cannot be completely trusted because the relevant state agencies (usually the secretary of state) don’t necessarily have …

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Making your intangibles, tangible. Part 1: Copyrights.

  In this four part series, we’re discussing how to increase the value of your company by better quantifying and protecting your company’s intellectual property rights. An investor or prospective buyer (or anyone else interested in your company’s true value) will inevitably ask a simple question: what’s to stop a third party from simply copying …

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“The Way We Think About Charity is Dead Wrong” by Dan Pallotta

Many people have a misconception about fundraising costs and charitable giving.  Too many donors ask to see the numbers on a charity’s overhead and how much of their donated dollar will be spent “on the ground” without also asking about the overall impact of an organization.  This thinking, among other myopic views about charity, is …

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Online Charitable Solicitations: 4 Tips for Using the “Donate Here” Button

Your shiny new website is up and running. And, like most tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, your website prominently displays a “donate here” button. What better way to solicit charitable donations from American philanthropists! The problem is, your organization may now be “soliciting” donations from the residents of every state in the United States. You’ve probably heard or have …

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The Importance of Understanding Bylaws and Operating Agreements

One of the most common questions coming from start up companies revolves around what corporate governance documents are needed upon formation. Whether you are incorporating as a limited liability company (an “LLC”) or a Corporation, you need to take the time to put together and understand the initial corporate governance for your company, to ensure …

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