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Do You Have a Hobby or Business? by @KelleyKeller

by Kelley Keller | Featured Contributor Did you know that the IRS views hobbies as very different things than businesses? In fact, if you make a mistake when you file your taxes or claim a loss from your “business” activity for too many years, you could get into a lot of expensive trouble. For example, […]

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10 Steps to Go from Self-Employed to Business Owner by @KelleyKeller

Whether you’ve already started a business or you’re thinking of doing so, you should consider how to go from self-employed as a sole-proprietor to being a business owner, meaning you own a business that is completely separate from your personal life in terms of operations, finance, taxes, and the law.

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Why Legal Contracts Yell at You in All Caps by @KelleyKeller

by Kelley Keller | Featured Contributor If someone sent you an email, text, or tweet in all caps, you’d immediately be offended and possibly quite worried. Why? Because caps equal yelling in electronic communications. That’s not the case with legal contracts. If a graphic designer created a design in any medium that included a big […]

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5 Signs You Have Valuable Intellectual Property by @CircleLegal

by Kelley Keller | Featured Contributor Every business has intellectual property. Your brand name, your online content, and your logo are just a few examples of tangible and intangible intellectual property that you could make money from now or in the future. In simplest terms, intellectual property refers to products of the human mind and […]

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5 Reasons You Might Not Own Your Content and How to Fix Them by @CircleLegal

by Kelley Keller  | Featured Contributor  Did you know that you might not own your content? The content on your business blog, in your ebook, in your presentations, and on your website might not be owned by you at all—even if you created it. If you don’t own your content, you can’t protect it or […]

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How to Cut the Time to Register a Trademark in Half by @CircleLegal

by Kelley Keller | Featured Contributor  Federal trademark registration with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is not a quick process. As the Trademark Timeline at the end of this article shows, it can take anywhere from seven months to more than two years to register your trademark! However, every day you wait to […]

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3 Steps to Maintain Your Trademark Registration (or Risk Losing It) by @CircleLegal

by Kelley Keller | Featured Contributor  Did you know that once you federally register a trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), your registration lasts forever as long as you do a few critical things? Most people don’t realize that federal trademark rights are exclusionary. In other words, you don’t get any rights […]

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Don’t Be a Victim of Predatory Trademark Scams by @CircleLegal

by Kelley Keller  | Featured Contributor If you register a trademark through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, you could become the victim of a predatory trademark scam without even knowing it. Unfortunately, these scams can cost trademark owners a lot of money, but you don’t have to be a victim. You can protect your […]

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3 Signs It’s Time to Protect Your Intellectual Property by @CircleLegal

by Kelley Keller | Featured Contributor Your business has intellectual property, and if you’re not protecting it, your entire business is at risk. But how do you know when it’s the right time to take the actual steps, contact an intellectual property attorney, and set the process in motion to secure your rights and protect […]

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How Do I Protect My Content with a Copyright Notice? by @CircleLegal

by Kelley Keller You’ve launched your website, written a blog post, published an ebook, or recorded a podcast and you want to make sure no one steals it. You’ve spent a lot of time creating content that will be useful to your audience and help you build your brand and business. You need to protect […]

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