Incorporating your business transforms it into a legal entity separate from you, capable of starting a lawsuit, buying property or even committing crime. Of course, the decision to incorporate depends on your business and your needs and it isn’t right for every business.
No matter what you produce – whether its haircuts, hamburgers, web pages or (the proverbial) widgets, if you haven’t got the competitors clawing at your coat tails … its probably because they’re out in front.
I recently spoke to a small group of local new businesses and their reaction to some of my tips confirmed my long held suspicions that IP is often overlooked as a key component of a new business.
It seems performance regimes are being misused in order to bypass age discrimination laws and to put the ‘oldies’ out to pasture. Under the Human Rights Act 1993, it is unlawful to discriminate on the basis of age.
Most recently a burgeoning NZ based wine company – which of course had registered its company name, domain name and trade mark in New Zealand – received an official looking email from an Asian based “domain name registering company”.
After ten years the plan was to retire: either Trevor could sell his business and generate a retirement fund, or pass the business…
In this article Dr Maria Anassutzi looks back at her lengthy and successful career as contracts negotiator and describes what makes a successful negotiation and summarises the ten top tips for a successful negotiation.
Marketing is one single word which has many different meanings. It means creating a valuable brand, creating goodwill and of course advertising. The way in which a business can conduct marketing it varies.
Although the UK’s intellectual property framework is designed to promote innovation and growth in the UK, the latest quick technological developments have rendered intellectual property regime somehow inadequate to provide full protection.
In this article Dr Maria Anassutzi, Intellectual Property Expert, analyses some key issues regarding liability, entire agreement and right of first refusal.
Prior to undertaking an outsourcing exercise the customer should carry out a due diligence regarding the internal systems and services that will be outsourced. In particular, the customer should 1. consider the internal costs (so as to ensure that the new outsourced service is competitive), 2. review all legal, tax and commercial issues including third party contracts
Cloud computing is the delivery of information technology services over the internet without the need for businesses to purchase or install software or run their own application and data servers. Applications are hosted in the data centers of the cloud computing provider, benefiting from massive economies of scale
The Bribery Act 2010 will come into force on 1 July 2011 setting out procedures which relevant commercial organisations can put into place to prevent persons associated with them from bribing. The government has confirmed that a commercial organisation convicted of failing to prevent bribery under section 7 of the Bribery Act 2010 will not face mandatory exclusion from tenders for public contracts.
The risks of inappropriate use of social media. An employment tribunal has held that an employee was fairly dismissed for gross misconduct after she made inappropriate comments on Facebook about two of her customers, who had verbally abused and threatened her.
In this article Dr Maria Anassutzi, Intellectual Property Expert and Director of Anassutzi & Co Limited, explains the key reasons business owners, directors and commercial managers need to know what a contract is and why it is important for them to know and have the basic understanding of a contract and its impacts on business.
Valuing the very small company can often be more challenging than valuing a large firm or corporation. These types of valuations most commonly arise in the divorce cases, although they also are frequently present in shareholder litigation, partnership dissolutions, and similar litigation.
In this article, Dr Maria Anassutzi, intellectual property expert, analyses and discusses the various issues employers must look for when trying to protect their intellectual property, know-how and confidential information from their employees and independent consultants.
In this Article Dr Maria Anassutzi, Intellectual Property Expert, analyses the issues involved in an intellectual property rich technology transfer and discusses the various methods of innovation transfer.